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Couperin -- L'Art de toucher le Clavecin

By François Couperin

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Piano - Early Advanced; Intermediate; Late Intermediate
Composed by François Couperin. Edited by Margery Halford. Masterworks; Piano Collection. Alfred Masterwork Edition. Baroque; Masterwork. Book. 84 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.580).

Item Number: AP.580

ISBN 0739007602.

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.

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