Couperin

1993 JK1. Discovered 1993 May 14 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Named for the French family that produced a succession of musicians from the early seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Louis Couperin (16261661) was born in Chaumes and was the first of the many Couperins to become organist at the church of St. Gervais in Paris. His style was characterized by an almost aggressive use of dissonance and of baroque ornamentation. His nephew, Francois Couperin (16681733), often known as "Le Grand", is especially remembered for his keyboard pieces and for his somewhat ambiguous and obscure, theoretical work L'art de toucher le clavecin. Francois Couperin's chamber and church music is also very important, well-known examples being his two organ masses and the four volumes for the harpsichord. He was held in great esteem by J. S. Bach {see planet (1814)}. (M 26767)

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