Les Baricades Misterieuses by Francois Couperin (1668-1733). Edited by Miguel Yisrael. For Baroque Lute. Silva de Sirenas. Early Music. 8 pages. Published by Ut Orpheus (UT.SDS-10).
ISBN 979-0-2153-1842-7. Early Music.
As in many of his pieces, Couperin shows a firm affection for the style luthe. Furthermore, his colleague Robert de Visee transcribed numerous of that great harpsichordist's pieces for the theorbo. Incidentally, one can easily imagine both musicians during the intervals of chamber concerts given on behalf of Louis XIV, exchanging musical ideas, masterly achievements and drafting respective transcriptions...
The lute doubtlessly provides additional effects and tone colors to this beautiful piece. The tessitura matches that of the lute perfectly, and it can even played in the original key of B flat major.
November 17, 2012
Les Baricades Misterieuses
The sheet music was unuseable. It was written on a staff but there was no time value to the letters written on the staff. And it was letters, not note heads. I've never seen anything like it. I can't seem to rate it any lower than one star. [Note from...