François Couperin

Portrait of Francois CouperinCouperin signature10 November 1668 – 11 September 1733

Today we are commemorating the birth of François Couperin while listening to such masterpieces as Leçons des Ténèbres, Les Concerts Royaux (both 1714) and Pièces de Violes (1728). It is highly likely that Watteau heard the music of his older contemporary, one of the most famous composers in Europe in his day and master of a refined, poetic sensibility akin to that of the great painter. In the words of Jordi Savall, “Couperin est le musicien-poète par excellence, qui croit en la capacité de la Musique à s’exprimer avec «sa prose et ses vers»…si on entre dans sa profonde dimension poétique, on découvre qu’ils sont porteurs d’une grâce qui est, «plus belle encore que la beauté…».”

Couperin First Day Cover
Couperin stamp

Anonymous portrait of Couperin from the collection of the Château de Versailles
Commemorative stamp and first day cover, France, 1968

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