Champion de Chambonnières, Jacques | Les pièces de clavessin | Livre I (1670)

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Instrumentation: harpsichord

Edition: Facsimile | Jollain, Paris, 1670

1 volume, 73 pages | B&W

Notation | Clefs: G2, C1, F3

Chambonnières's style formed under the influence of earlier and contemporary harpsichordists such as Étienne Richard and Pierre de la Barre, and more importantly, lutenists such as René Mesangeau, Germain Pinel, Ennemond Gaultier, and Denis Gaultier. Since the exact course of evolution of the classic French harpsichord style remains a mystery, it is impossible to ascertain the role Chambonnières played in establishing said style. He was obviously influenced by the French lute school, adapting its style brisé to the harpsichord, and he may have been among the first to do so. Marin Mersenne justly praised Chambonnières for "lovely melodies and fine accompanying parts mingled together" and "beauty of rhythm", and indeed Chambonnières's strong sense of melodic line was one of the defining characteristics of his music.

TABLE

  • Allemande la Rare
  • Courante
  • Double de la Courante
  • Courante
  • Courante
  • Sarabande
  • Gaillarde
  • Allemande la Dunkerque
  • Courante Iris
  • Courante
  • Sarabande de la Reyne
  • Allemande la Loureuse
  • Courante la toute belle
  • Courante de Madame
  • Courante
  • Sarabande
  • Les Baricades
  • Gigue
  • Gigue
  • Allemande
  • Courante
  • Courante
  • Courante
  • Sarabande
  • Pavane L'entretien des Dieux
  • Courante
  • Sarabande
  • Courante
  • Sarabande
  • Gigue la Vilageoise
  • Canaris
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