In addition to Book II of Couperin's "Pièces de clavecin", first published in 1717, the eight preludes and one allemande from his treatise "L'Art de toucher le clavecin" are included in the appendix. The editor has evaluated the many later impressions of the original print, most of which he unearthed himself in international libraries. By preserving the essential features of the original print while largely dispensing with disruptive page-turns within the pieces, the volume brings modern performers close to the special sound of this music.
"Once again the French musicologist Denis Herlin, who mastered the harpsichord under the tutelage of such keyboard legends as Kenneth Gilbert and Huguette Dreyfus, has presented an exemplary edition of a classic from the harpsichord repertoire." --Jury of the German Music Edition Prize