Pieces de Clavecin
French Baroque composer Jacques Duphly was born the year of the death of Louis XIV and he died the year of the storming of the Bastille. His entire output consists of four books of harpsichord pieces. Duphly was not an innovator; he revolutionized neither style nor technique. As a result he is regarded by some as a minor composer. Yet he composed splendidly for the harpsichord, exploring all it's registers; he was above all a harpsichordist. Duphly's primary influences were Francois Couperin (inherited through his studies with Francois d'Agincourt) and Jean-Phillipe Rameau, whose musical style dominated France in the first half of the 18th century. Through this recording, Christophe Rousset demonstrates the virility of Duphly's compositions. The harpsichord, an original by Christian Kroll, was kindly made available by it's owner and restorer Marc Ducornet and it is one that Duphly could quite possibly have played. It offers both sparkle and depth, two of the key features of French music of the second half of the 18th century.