Les Nations / Les Caractères de la danse
François Couperin / Jean-Fery Rebel

Les Nations / Les Caractères de la danse

Florilegium

CCS 33213 - 0723385332138

Information GreatBrittain Germany

The two composers presented on this recording both came from families of musicians active at the Court of Versailles. François Couperin entered the service of the King as organist of the Chapelle du Roi in 1693. He progressed rapidly and within a year he was appointed harpsichord teacher to the Duke of Burgundy and most of the royal children. In 1696 Louis xiv ennobled him and a few years later he was made a Chevalier of the Lateran order. In the early part of the 18th century he composed a considerable amount of church music for Versailles. At this time he also regularly composed chamber music for the Concerts du Dimanche series at Court and by 1717 he had officially succeeded d’Anglebert the younger as the Ordinaire de la Musique. He had been exerting his influence and control of this position for some time before 1717 and had already succeeded in having a number of outstanding musicians in his charge, including the viola da gamba player Forqueray and the violinist Rebel. By 1710 Couperin’s contemporaries were already referring to him as Le Grand and many of his disciples had already dedicated compositions to him. In 1713 he took out a privilège du Roi in order to publish his works, printing his first book of harpsichord pieces, which had been written over the previous fifteen or so years. In 1716 he published his theoretical treatise L’Art de toucher de la Claveçin and his second book of harpsichord pieces then followed in 1717. After the death of Louis xiv (1715) he published some of his instrumental works under the title Les Goûts Réünis and the success of these encouraged him to publish some of his earlier sonatas originally from around 1692 and in the Italian style. To these sonatas he added a set of dances or suites in the French manner and titled the whole collection Les Nations, which appeared in 1726

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CCS 33213 - Florilegium (Couperin & Rebel) - Ashley Solomon (director) - Klassieke zaken
Tracklisting
  • 1
    Les Nations Premiere Ordre: La Francoise
    Sonata
    07:08
  • 2
    Les Nations Premiere Ordre: La Francoise
    Suite
    03:45
  • 3
    Les Nations Premiere Ordre: La Francoise
    Courante
    01:35
  • 4
    Les Nations Premiere Ordre: La Francoise
    Seconde courante
    02:14
  • 5
    Les Nations Premiere Ordre: La Francoise
    Sarabande
    02:19
  • 6
    Les Nations Premiere Ordre: La Francoise
    Gigue
    01:16
  • 7
    Les Nations Premiere Ordre: La Francoise
    Chaconne
    02:52
  • 8
    Les Nations Premiere Ordre: La Francoise
    Gavotte
    00:58
  • 9
    Les Nations Premiere Ordre: La Francoise
    Menuet
    01:12
  • 10
    Les Nations Deuxieme Ordre: L'Espagnole
    Sonate
    08:47
  • 11
    Les Nations Deuxieme Ordre: L'Espagnole
    Suite: Allemande
    02:51
  • 12
    Les Nations Deuxieme Ordre: L'Espagnole
    Courante
    03:23
  • 13
    Les Nations Deuxieme Ordre: L'Espagnole
    Seconde Courante
    01:44
  • 14
    Les Nations Deuxieme Ordre: L'Espagnole
    Sarabande
    02:45
  • 15
    Les Nations Deuxieme Ordre: L'Espagnole
    Gigue Louree
    02:21
  • 16
    Les Nations Deuxieme Ordre: L'Espagnole
    Gavotte
    01:01
  • 17
    Les Nations Deuxieme Ordre: L'Espagnole
    Rondeau
    02:39
  • 18
    Les Nations Deuxieme Ordre: L'Espagnole
    Bouree
    00:50
  • 19
    Les Nations Deuxieme Ordre: L'Espagnole
    Double de la Bouree Prededente
    01:37
  • 20
    Les Nations Deuxieme Ordre: L'Espagnole
    Passacaille
    04:47
  • 21
    Les caracteres de la dans
    09:12
22-05-2014

CCS 33213 - Florilegium (Couperin & Rebel) - Ashley Solomon (director) - Klassieke zaken