Louis-Nicolas Clérambault – Pieces d’orgue et de claveçin (1702/4 and 1711): the complete music for organ and harpsichord
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault is primarily known for his vocal compositions and, that he was a master in such genres becomes clear for those performing either his harpsichord or organ pieces. In comparison with his other publications, Clérambault’s keyboard music is somewhat meagre, but demonstrates a vocal composer’s infinite attention to detail and a rhetorical plan that that sets it apart from other composers of the Grand siècle.
Containing the suites for harpsichord and organ, this new edition in Cantando’s critically acclaimed early keyboard music series contains copious notes on the genesis of the music, its performance (including information on fingering, rhetoric, stylistic playing and registration) as well as appropriate plainsong settings for the Magnificat and Benedictus, which allows for the organ suites’ performance within liturgical settings.
Edited by musicologist Jon Baxendale, the book is published with a durable hardcover and clear print.