Fran ç ois Couperin 1668-1733. L’art de toucher le clavecin. Questions of ornamentation. Is the ornament diatonic, or does it require an accidental? Does it precede the main note or fall on the beat? Is it fast or slow? If slow, what proportion of the main note does the ornament require?
Springtime is upon us.
The birds celebrate her return with festive song, and murmuring streams are softly caressed by the breezes.
Thunderstorms, those heralds of Spring, roar, casting their dark mantle over heaven,
Then they die away to silence, and the birds take up their charming songs once more.
On the flower-strewn meadow, with leafy branches rustling overhead, the goat-herd sleeps, his faithful dog beside him.
Led by the festive sound of rustic bagpipes, nymphs and shepherds lightly dance beneath the brilliant canopy of spring.
Vivaldi’s Concerto, Mvt 1
R1S1 R2 S2 R3 S3 R4S4 R5 S5 R6
How is S2
w/ the form?
Rameau: “subverter of the good old French opera tradition of Lully”