Le Coucou

By: Louis-Claude Daquin
For: String quartet
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Louis-Claude Daquin
Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
2 minutes
Classical music
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Eighteenth-century French composer Louis-Claude Daquin?s 1735 "Premier livre de pi?ces de clavecin" (Harpsichord Pieces, Book 1), remains something of a puzzle to modern musicologists. Daquin was a famous prodigy as a child, and as an adult he was spoken of in the same breath as Rameau and Dandrieu. Contemporaries recorded that Daquin rose to the pinnacle of craftsmanship as performer and composer, and Daquin eventually earned a high-profile royal appointment. But the Premier livre de pi?ces de clavecin, which is one of just two volumes of Daquin music that have survived, is, quite frankly, sewn of something less than the finest-grade musical silk. Perhaps, however, it was the very unpretentiousness of the dance-suites contained in the Premier livre, the general absence of sophisticated counterpoint (or at least what we would now call sophisticated?perhaps the implicit comparison with the harpsichord suites of Bach and Couperin is unfair, but it is also near-unavoidable when talking about harpsichord music from the 1720s and 30s) and the presence instead of simple, danceable rhythms and singable tunes, along with colorful semi-programmatic titles that made this music so appealing to Daquin?s public. Daquin was most famous for his improvisations, and this is just the sort of stuff that might, at one point, have been ad-libbed.

There are four suites in the Premier livre de pi?ces de clavecin: one in G major, one in D minor, one in E minor, and one in C minor/major. In each, Daquin throws typical dance-suite movements (allemande, courante, and so on) against less-traditional items with names like ?La Guittare? and ?Les Berg?res? [?The Shepherdesses?].

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A Thousand And One Nights, Advance Australia Fair, Symphonie Fantastique - 2. Un Bal, Largo al factotum, from "The Barber of Seville", Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", O Little Town Of Bethlehem (1), Lullaby, Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", The Barber of Seville - Overture, Maple Leaf Rag, Symphony No.25 - 4. Allegro, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Au fond du temple saint, from "The Pearl Fishers", Bethena - A Concert Waltz, Brook Green Suite - 2. Air, Minute Waltz, Op.64 No.1, Brook Green Suite - 3. Dance, Canon in D, Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, from "Samson et Dalila", Capriol Suite, Chanson de Matin, Chanson Triste, Op.40 No.2, O soave fanciulla, from "La boheme", Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 1, Auld Lang Syne, Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, Piano Sonata No.14 "Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto, Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 2. Adagio - Allegro, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 3, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 1. Allegro, Preludes, Book 1 No.8 - The Girl With The Flaxen Hair, Radetzky March, Op.228, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 3. Allegro, Roses From The South, Duet: Sous le dome epais, from "Lakme", El Capitan, Symphony No.29 - 4. Allegro con spirito, Semper Fidelis, Sextet: Chi mi frena, from "Lucia di Lammermoor", Si. Mi chiamano Mimi, from "La boheme", Sleepy Sidney, Holberg Suite - 2. Sarabande, The Holly And The Ivy, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 1. Grave - Allegro, Holberg Suite - 4. Air, Holberg Suite - 5. Rigaudon, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 2. Adagio cantabile, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 2. Menuetto and Trio, I Got The Blues, Jerusalem (And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time), Pavane, Op.50, Key-Stone Rag, Song to the Moon, from "Rusalka", A Cyclone in Darktown, The Nutcracker - Overture, King Cotton, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 1. Allegro, Song Without Words No.30 - Spring Song Op.62 No.6, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 3. Allegro, 16 Songs for Children, Op.54 No.6 Legend ("When Jesus Christ Was Yet A Child"), L'Estate ("Summer") - 1. Allegro non molto, Song Without Words No.45 - Scherzo Op.102 No.3, L'Estate ("Summer") - 2. Adagio, Presto, Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 3. Adagio, L'Estate ("Summer") - 3. Presto, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 1. Allegro non molto, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 3. Allegro, O Christmas Tree, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 6. Theme and variations, St. Paul's Suite - 4. Finale (The Dargason), Orchestral Suite No.2 - 7. Badinerie, String Serenade - 2. Waltz, We Three Kings, String Sonata No.1 - 2. Andante, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 3. Sarabande, La Damnation de Faust - Rakoczy March, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 4. Bourree I and II, Symphony No.29 - 3. Menuetto, The Amazon Rag, The Blue Danube Waltzes, The Blue Danube Waltzes, The Cannon Ball Rag, The Gladiator March, The High School Cadets, The Liberty Bell March, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 1. Allegro, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 3. Allegro, The Manhattan Beach March, Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op.42 - No.3 Melodie, The Stars And Stripes Forever, Habanera from "Carmen", O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis), The Washington Post March, Trio No.1, Trio No.2, Trio No.3, Birthday Minuet, Song Without Words No.27 "Funeral March" Op.62 No.3, Un bel di vedremo, from "Madama Butterfly", Habanera from "Carmen", Gradual, Vissa d'arte, from "Tosca", Who Let The Cows Out?, Who Let The Cows Out? - For Sax Quartet (AATB), Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.11 Furchtenmachen (Frightening), Wine, Women and Song, Gymnopedie No.1, Water Music Suite No.2 in D, I Saw Three Ships, Symphony No.40 - 1. Allegro molto, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.7 Traumerei (Dreaming), A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Nocturne, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 2. Adagio ma non tanto, Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.7, O come, O come, Emmanuel, Swan Lake - Dance of the Cygnets, Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 4. Bourree, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 1. Overture, Away In A Manger, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 5. Polonaise and Double, Solomon - Act III, Sinfonia "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", Symphony No.40 - 2. Andante, The Coventry Carol, The Merry Wives of Windsor - Overture, Water Music Suite No.3 in G, Carmen - Act 1: Prelude, Symphony No.40 - 3. Menuetto, Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.8, Deck The Halls, Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 1. Allegro and O Holy Night

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