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The piece has barricaddes used as a source of inspiration by many others across different artistic fields including music, visual arts and literature. 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 object that picks up momentum.

All four possible spelling combinations have since been used with “double r” and a “y” being the most common. This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat In that sense, the mysterious barricades are perhaps those which cause the “train” to slow down and sometimes stop 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.


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. BC,Library of Congress r Permalink http: Retrieved from ” https: Some have simply used the title while others have created new works inspired by the original.

Couperin – Les Baricades Mistérieuses sheet music for Piano

Moreover, it seems to form a set with the following piece, Les Bergeries. Le musicien des rois Couperin: By using this site, you mysterieuse to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 10 October This section needs expansion. The work is in rondeau form, employing a variant of the traditional romanesca in barriades bass in quadruple time rather than the usual triple time.

Les Barricades Mystérieuses – Wikipedia

Scott Rossin a master class filmed and distributed by Harmonia Mundilikens the piece to a train. The piece was voted at 76 in the Australian Classic music of France countdown.


A guide to the harpsichord 1 ed. There has been much speculation on the meaning of the phrase “mysterious barricades” with no direct evidence available to back up any theory. The musician of kings. While the title reflects the musical structure, there may be more at play.