The first volume of Couperin
's Harpsichord Pieces
does not contain a date of publication, however, it is thought to have been composed during 1716-1717, due to the address which the composer gave on his other Harpsichord compositions. Yet, the compilation remains a favourite.
Many of the composer's works have picturesque titles. Examples of this in his first volume of Pieces for Harpsichord
include, Les Papillons (The Butterflies), L'Enchanteresse (The Enchanting) and Les Plaisirs de Saint Germain en Laÿe (The Pleasures of Saint Germain en Laÿe). Couperin
's moods are expressed through choices of keys, adventurous harmonies and discords. With a significant amount of variation and inspiration, Pieces for Harpsichord
is essential to the repertoire of aspiring players of the instrument.