Royalty Free Music track: Couperin Rondo in B flat major BWV Anh 183 Les Bergeries
Francois Couperin: Notebooks for Anna Magdalena Bach, Rondo in B flat major, BWV Anh.183 - Les Bergeries. Classical music performed live in studio, exclusively for Lynne Publishing, by concert pianist Želimir Panić. Note: This track forms part of the 'Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach' and is sometimes attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach, although it is actually composed by François Couperin. For this reason, we are listing this piece both under Bach and Couperin.
Johann Sebastian Bach
March 31, 1685 – July 28, 1750
Johann Sebastian Bach was a composer who transformed German classical music styles by weaving a blend of Italian and French forms and rhythms with German ones. In particular his pieces are marked by his expertise in counterpoint, as well as harmonic virtuosity.
His work as an organist is perhaps the best known. However, Bach was originally taught the violin and harpsichord by his father, himself a skilled musician. Bach also was graced with an exceptional singing voice, which led to a place at Michaelis monastery in Luneberg. His voice eventually changed, forcing Bach to switch to instrumentation, and eventually an organist.
The organ entranced him, and he skipped out on other responsibilities to practice. His skill grew, leading him from small German towns to become the concertmaster and organist at the ducal court in Weimar. This allowed him to composer more freely, as well as explore his deep love for teaching.
Bach switched to the court of Prince Leopold, composing some of his most important works during this period, such as the Brandenburg concerti. Later, Bach composed prolifically as the Musical Director in Leipzig at St. Thomas church until his death.
His body of work is seen as one the greatest contributions to classical music.
November 10, 1668 – September 11, 1733
French composer Francois Couperin was an important organist and harpsichordist of the Baroque era.
He came from the musically-inclined Couperin family, a dynasty of talented professional composers and performers. His education began by studying under his father, Charles, and later, Jacques Thomelin. He inherited the post of organist at the church of Saint-Gervais, Paris, from his father. Later Couperin was appointed to the Chapelle Royale by Louis XIV, a post previously held by his mentor, Thomelin.
Couperin began composing works for organ, but later switched to sonatas. He continued writing, gathering many harpsichord pieces. It was during this time that he became intrigued by the Italian style. He began weaving this with the French style, culminating in his work Les nations in 1726, and his suites for bass viols.
Throughout this time he was recognized as harpsichord and organ virtuoso, two instruments he continued to teach until his death in 1733.
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