ELEVENTH BIENNIAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BAROQUE MUSIC

Manchester, 14th-18th July 2004


Abstract

Jane Clark (London)

The architecture of the Ordres

The Grand Lodge of France believes François Couperin to have been a Freemason. This is borne out by some of the titles of his pieces. The proposed paper suggests that in using the word ordre instead of suite to describe the groups of pieces in his Pièces de Clavecin Couperin was referring to the Orders of Architecture. His organisation of the pieces and the overall design of the Ordres will be discussed. In order to appreciate the architecture of the Ordres it is necessary, in most cases, to have some idea what the ‘subjects’ that Couperin had in his mind when he composed the pieces were. Without this the relationship of one piece to another and its position in the overall design is not revealed. The importance of this will be demonstrated.


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