Couperin - Les Barricades Mystérieuses
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The best French classical music for Bastille Day
7. Couperin - Les Barricades Mystérieuses
It's simple, it's beautiful, and it's a fine example of French Baroque keyboard music. Still, no one really knows what this piece is about: what are the mysterious barricades? The only thing we really know for sure is that this pretty little rondeau comes from Couperin's influential work, the Sixiéme Ordre of his Pièces pour Clavecin, published in 1716–17.