Dandrieu: 3 Books of Pièces de Clavecin / Belder

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While Dandrieu’s early harpsichord pieces were written in the shadow of 17th-century composers, the three books published between 1724 and 1735 demonstrate a radically new...

While Dandrieu’s early harpsichord pieces were written in the shadow of 17th-century composers, the three books published between 1724 and 1735 demonstrate a radically new direction for the composer. Such a shift can be attributed to changing tastes: harpsichord music as early as the last decade of the previous century shows a gradual distancing from many techniques that were primarily associated with the lute. Dandrieu, like most musicians, probably spent much of his earlier life as a teacher and would have been well aware of the abilities and tastes of those for whom the suites were written. They retain a naïve simplicity that is often lacking elsewhere. Nothing is too complicated: ornamentation is straightforward, textures tend towards two-part writing, and figuration always falls comfortably under the hand.

The Premier livre finishes with what Dandrieu refers to as ‘a suite in its own right’ of ten tableaux: Les Charactères de la Guerre. It demonstrates Dandrieu’s propensity to revise earlier and possibly popular works to suit new media. The tableaux follow a tradition among composers for depicting battle scenes. The tradition continued in France until late into the 18th century with Claude-Bénigne Balbastre’s 1792 appeal to the revolutionaries in Marche des Marseillois.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 26, 2023


  • UPC: 5028421961255


  • Catalog Number: BRI96125


  • Label: Brilliant Classics


  • Number of Discs: 4


  • Period: Baroque


  • Composer: Jean-Francois Dandrieu


  • Conductor: Pieces de clavecin, Books 1-3


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Jean-Francois Dandrieu


  • Performer: Pieter-Jan Belder



Works:


  1. Pieces de clavecin, Books 1-3

    Composer: Jean-François Dandrieu

    Performer: Pieter-Jan Belder