Couperin -- L'Art de toucher le Clavecin composed by FranÃ§ois Couperin. Edited by Margery Halford. For Piano. Masterworks; Piano Collection. Alfred Masterwork Edition. Baroque; Masterwork. Early Advanced; Intermediate; Late Intermediate. Book. 84 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.580).
ISBN 0739007602. Baroque; Masterwork.
An important 18th-century instruction book, Couperin's The Art of Playing the Harpsichord contains valuable information on technique, fingering, phrasing, ornamentation and keyboard performance style. Halford's scholarly introduction includes a biographical sketch of the composer, a thorough discussion of French Baroque ornamentation and a useful summary of Couperin's style. The eight preludes used by Couperin to illustrate his approach are musical gems rarely found in other collections.