Composer of the week: François Couperin

François Couperin (10 November 1668 – 11 September 1733) was a French Baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist. He was known as Couperin le Grand (“Couperin the Great”) to distinguish him from other members of the musically talented Couperin family.

I have dabbled a bit on the piano with Couperin pieces in the past, but it is really since acquiring a spinet that I have started playing a great deal of his music, including this lovely piece called Les Baricades Misterieuses performed by one of the greatest harpsichordists, the late Scott Ross:

Visit BBC Music for a podcast about this composer.

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