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[PDF] Couperin, François - Les Barricades Mystérieuses

Post by Les Backshall » Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:21 pm

In this arrangement, my aim was to make the score easy to read, whilst keeping the overall two in a bar feel. Although marked 'vivement', I think it sounds better on the guitar at a somewhat slower tempo - my favourite version is by Enno Voorhorst, on YouTube.

"François Couperin's Les Barricades Mystérieuses has fascinated, enthralled, and inspired performers and listeners for centuries, and not just because of its enigmatic title. What on earth are those mysterious barricades? Masks (and indeed masques), freemasonry, theories of harmony of melody – they've all been put forward as the solution to the mystery. (The title is also the source for ex-Police guitarist Andy Summers's 2009 album.) But any definitive answer is as enigmatic and elusive as the music of this little rondeau, part of the Sixiéme Ordre of Couperin's Pièces pour Clavecin, published in 1716–17." - Guardian Online
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Hope you enjoy playing it
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Re: [PDF] Couperin, François - Les Barricades Mystérieuses

Post by Anthony Campanella » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:17 am

Thanks - looks like something I'd like to try ! :merci:

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Post by Tarbaby (1953 - 2016) » Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:42 am

Yay Les! :D

I've always been fascinated by this piece. Not because of the title, but because I could never believe that someone wrote something so "modern" sounding so long ago. It could have been written yesterday! :shock:

Thank you so much for your arrangement. I've loved this piece ever since Parkening recorded it and I ran right out and bought his arrangement as soon as it hit the stores. Unfortunately, I'm not Parkening. There are some spots that just tie my fingers in knots. Later, I found another arrangement, but it was even harder! You seem to have very cleverly solved these problem spots and produced an arrangement that is assuredly playable.

As Delcamp's resident editor :lol: , I found two spots where the fingerings might be typos:

At measure 30, it looks like you meant for the 3rd finger to stay on the C the whole time right?

At measure 46, you probably mean for the 2nd half of the measure to be fingered the same way as the second half of measure 44?

That's all I could find. Brilliant job! Now I can play this piece!

:merci:

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Re: [PDF] Couperin, François - Les Barricades Mystérieuses

Post by brooks » Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:19 am

the title has its own meaning to me. there's a mysterious barricade in my brain that prevents me from memorizing the second half of the third couplet, which always seemed to me to be strangely drawn out.
maybe a fresh arrangement will help me to climb over it, so thanks for your score. it is a great piece.

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Re: [PDF] Couperin, François - Les Barricades Mystérieuses

Post by Les Backshall » Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:31 am

Tarbaby wrote:At measure 30, it looks like you meant for the 3rd finger to stay on the C the whole time right?

At measure 46, you probably mean for the 2nd half of the measure to be fingered the same way as the second half of measure 44?
That's absolutely right, Alan. Thanks for pointing those out - there are probably one or two more :oops:

I've edited and reposted.

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Post by Vesuvio » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:23 pm

Hello Les,

Thank you very much indeed for this score, it has been on my list of "pieces I might one day feel brave enough to tackle" for a long time. Like you, I admire the Enno Voorhorst recording very much indeed and I have a lovely version by David Russell too,

Best wishes, V :D :merci:
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Post by goldnspots » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:26 pm

Awesome. I was just looking for David Russell's version. I'll try both, but I need some one point me in the right direction to ge Mr. Russell's.

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Post by oski79 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:44 pm

Thanks, Les. I, like tarbaby, remember this piece vividly from the early Parkening recording. In fact, if memory serves, he played one of the times I saw him at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley. Also like tarbaby, I've tried a few arrangements that made my hands hurt. I'm looking forward to giving your arrangement a whirl.
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Post by dotoole » Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:23 pm

Hello person who transribed Les Barricades Mystérieuses,

I imagine this took a long time to do. I found another transcription on free scores.com, however it sounds oversimplified. I am unable to view your version. Do you think I should buy it from GSP guitar? The version they have appears to be by Kindle which I assume is the publisher.

Thanks,
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Post by KeMe » Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:49 am

Hello David,
Welcome to the Delcamp forum. I would like to invite you to introduce yourself to the other members of the forum in the Introduce Yourself subforum on the Board Index page here.

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Post by apiacere » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:16 am

goldnspots wrote:Awesome. I was just looking for David Russell's version. I'll try both, but I need some one point me in the right direction to ge Mr. Russell's.

Yes indeed, where can one get the score by David Russell?
:merci:

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Post by Jean-Jacques » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:06 am

Hi Les,
you are right the score is very readable; thanks for posting! I will compare with the (only) other version I know.
Jean-Jacques

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Post by musikprojekt » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:24 am

Hallo Les,

thank you for sharing your work with us! It is a pleasure to play this piece. As you have suggested, a fine walking tempo for the halves seems to me best for getting the right mood out of this lovely Rondo. In my opinion, the piano- and clavecin-versions which are played too fast are merely a hurry through the score. :wink: Last but not least, I agree with better to have a readble score and have in mind to let ring the notes. It is like folk picking, indeed ... :mrgreen:

Trying myself serveral keys for getting an optimal fingering C-Major seems to be the least worse 8) Only, I would like to suggest a slightly different fingering: If you like try in bar 2 no barre and the g with 2, in bar 4 a with 3, c with 2, f with 2, in bar 6 again no barre and the g with 1, d with 3, high g with 4 and the f with 2.

Thank you again for your fine work!

Regards, Marco.

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Re: [PDF] Couperin, François - Les Barricades Mystérieuses

Post by Jean-Jacques » Sat Aug 28, 2010 3:09 pm

Hi Les,
not trying to be picky but there is a misspelling in 'mysterieuses' on the title page... :wink:
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Re: [PDF] Couperin, François - Les Barricades Mystérieuses

Post by Les Backshall » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:03 pm

Jean-Jacques wrote:Hi Les,
not trying to be picky but there is a misspelling in 'mysterieuses' on the title page... :wink:
Jean-Jacques
Bother, I knew I shouldn't have used my 'Let's Parlez Franglais' book. Thanks for pointing it out Jean-Jaques.
And thanks to all for the positive comments - I hope you've enjoyed it.

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