Louis Couperin

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Louis Couperin (c. 1626 – 29 August 1661) was a French Baroque composer and performer. He was born in Chaumes-en-Brie and moved to Paris in 1650–1651 with the help of Jacques Champion de Chambonnières. Couperin worked as organist of the Church of St. Gervais in Paris and as musician at the court. He quickly became one of the most prominent Parisian musicians, establishing himself as a harpsichordist, organist, and violist, but his career was cut short by his early death at the age of thirty-five.

None of Couperin's music was published during his lifetime, but manuscript copies of some 200 pieces survive, some of them only rediscovered in the mid-20th century. The first historically important member of the Couperin family, Couperin made seminal contributions to the development of both the French organ school and French harpsichord school. His innovations included composing organ pieces for specific registrations and inventing the genre of the unmeasured prelude for harpsichord, for which he devised a special type of notation.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Suites & Pavane L. Couperin; Gustav Leonhardt 2
1994 Harpsichord Suites (Laurence Cummings) Louis Couperin 1
1994 Suites for Harpsichord Louis Couperin; Christopher Hogwood 1
2002 Frescobaldi / Louis Couperin Girolamo Frescobaldi, Louis Couperin; Gustav Leonhardt 1
2003 Tombeau de M. de Blancrocher / Preludes / Pavane / Galliarde (harpsichord: Glen Wilson) Louis Couperin 1
2004 Louis Couperin Louis Couperin; Skip Sempé 1
Pièces de clavecin Armand-Louis Couperin, François Couperin, Louis Couperin; Gustav Leonhardt 1
Spielereien: The Baroque Organist's Playthings Bach, Couperin, Dandrieu, Kerll, Martini, Muffat, Scheidt; Franz Haselböck 1
Suites pour clavecin Louis Couperin; Noëlle Spieth 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Suite in D minor (Alexei Lubimov) Louis Couperin 1
2007 Suite in G minor (Alexei Lubimov) Louis Couperin 1

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