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Couperin, Armand-Louis - Complete Chamber Sonatas - Spanyi,Petofi,Valyi






Couperin, Armand-Louis - Complete Chamber Sonatas -
Spanyi,Petofi,Valyi

Chamber | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 2 CD, 697 MB
November 25, 2003 | Hungaroton | RapidShare




Armand-Louis Couperin

(25 February 1727 - 2 February 1789) was a French composer, organist, and harpsichordist of the late Baroque and early Classical periods. He was a member of the Couperin family of musicians, of which the most notable were his great uncle Louis and his cousin François.

Couperin was born in Paris. His mother died when he was only 17 months old and he was raised by his father, Nicolas, also a composer and the successor to François "Le Grand" as organist at St. Gervais Church in 1748. Nothing is known of Couperin's education, though his library at the time of death contained 885 books, unusual for a musician and evidence of scholarly interest.

At age 21, Couperin's father died without leaving a will, making him the sole heir of both his parents. His inheritance included Nicolas's post at St. Gervais. In 1752, Couperin married Elisabeth-Antoinette Blanchet, a professional musician and the daughter of the best harpsichord maker in France, François-Etienne Blanchet. They had four children, three of whom became musicians.

Couperin and his wife taught harpsichord lessons and she was the organist at the abbey of Montmartre. Following his departure from St. Gervais, Couperin's many posts included St. Barthélemy (to 1772), St Jean-en-Grève, the convent of the Carmes-Billettes, Notre Dame (from 1755), the Sainte Chapelle (from 1760), Sainte Marguerite, and the royal chapel (from 1770).

Couperin died at 61 in Paris in a traffic accident while hurrying from Vespers at Ste. Chapelle to St. Gervais.


CD Content

CD1
Sonata en pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord & violin No. 1 in G major, Op. 2/1
Sonata en pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord & violin No. 2 in D major, Op. 2/2
Sonata en pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord & violin No. 3 in F major, Op. 2/3
Sonata en pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord & violin No. 5 in C minor, Op. 2/5

CD2
Sonata en pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord & violin No. 4 in A major, Op. 2/4
Sonata en pièces de clavecin, for harpsichord & violin No. 6 in E major, Op. 2/6
Sonata en trio, for violin, cello & harpsichord No. 1 in F major, Op. 3/1
Sonata en trio, for violin, cello & harpsichord No. 2 in F major, Op. 3/2
Sonata en trio, for violin, cello & harpsichord No. 3 in G major, Op. 3/3



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