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The best of French composers – and quite a cosmopolitan bunch they were too.
The earliest French composer in Katherine’s Collection is Francois Couperin. He was known as Couperin le Grand, to distinguish him from other members of his family. ‘Not because he was fatter than them, you’ll understand,’ says Katherine, ‘but because they were also musicians – (but not quite as great as him.)’ Couperin was the court organist and composer to Louis the Fourteenth and Couperin would give a concert every Sunday for his master, often playing the harpsichord, on which he was a virtuoso player. Many of his keyboard pieces have poetic titles like this one "The mysterious barricades" and use interesting keys and harmonies to create a special mood.
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