Couperin : for spoken voice and ensemble
by Ann Carr-Boyd (1974)
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Library shelf no. CD 2672 [Not for loan]
Score & Part
Library shelf no. 783.965/CAR 1 [Not for loan]
In the latter part of the 20th century, composers were exploring new sounds, harmonies and rhythms which departed from the sounds of classical and romantic music. Couperin was my particular venture into the experimental sounds of the time. I found the chamber organ with its ability to sustain chords an exotic contrast to the sparkling sounds of the harpsichord, with further colour contributed by the percussion instruments. The addition of spoken voice makes a unique combination - a combination of sounds and textures which I am eager to explore again.
The spoken words are taken from Francois Couperin's L'Art de toucher Le Clavecin, a manual on harpsichord playing which Couperin wrote in 1716. In it he covers very completely all matters of style and technique, from which a few sentences have been chosen as a starting point for this composition, which is a homage to French music of all periods.
Instrumentation: Spoken voice, harpsichord, chamber organ, percussion.
Duration: 11 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by the Organ Institute, NSW
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