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The work is in rondeau form, employing a variant of the traditional romanesca cluperin the bass in quadruple time rather than the usual triple time. The effect is shimmering, kaleidoscopic and seductive, a sonic trompe l’oeil that seem to have presaged images of fractal mathematics, centuries before they existed.

The piece was voted at 76 in the Australian Classic music barricsdes France countdown. All four possible spelling combinations have since been used with “double r” and a “y” being the most common.


Les Barricades Mystérieuses – Wikipedia

There has been much speculation on the meaning of the phrase “mysterious barricades” with no direct evidence available to back up any theory. Scott Rossin a master class filmed and distributed by Harmonia Mundilikens the piece to a train. This clearly cannot have been the precise image Couperin was trying to convey, but it is easy to hear in Les Barricades the image of a heavy but fast-moving mystrifuses that picks up momentum.

In that sense, the mysterious barricades are perhaps those which cause the “train” to slow down barticades sometimes stop Moreover, it seems to form a set with the following piece, Les Bergeries. This latter piece, though more melodic than Les Barricadesset in a higher register and more bucolic in feeling, is also an exercise in using a repetitive motif in this case a left hand ostinato evocative of the musette to build sound without seeming mechanical or repetitive.

While the title reflects the musical structure, there may be more at play. The piece bqrricades been used as a source of inspiration by many others across different artistic fields including music, visual arts and literature.


François Couperin – Les barricades mystérieuses

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Le musicien des rois Couperin: The musician of kings. A guide to the harpsichord 1 ed.

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