Craig Hanson | Messe À L'usage Des Couvents

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Messe À L'usage Des Couvents

by Craig Hanson

The Mass for the Convents performed here on the beautiful Fritz Noack organ shows Couperin's charm and poetic nature throughout, and is considered one of his great accomplishments, particularly considering his young age at the time of its creation.
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1. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Kyrie: I. Plein Jeu
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2. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Kyrie: II. Fugue Sur La Trompette
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3. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Christe: III. Recit De Chromhorne
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4. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Kyrie: IV. Trio a 2 Dessus De Chromhorne Et La Basse De Tierce
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5. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Kyrie: V. Dialogue Sur La Trompette Du Grand Clavier Et Sur La Montre, Le Bourdon Et Le Nazard Du Positif
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6. Messe À L'usage Des Couvents, Gloria, Et in Terra Pax: VI. Plein Jeu
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7. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Benedicimus Te: VII. Petite Fugue Sur Le Chromhorne
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8. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Glorificamus Te: VIII. Duo Sur Les Tierces
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9. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Domine Deus Rex Coelestis: IX. Basse De Trompette
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10. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Domine Deus Agnus Dei: X. Chromhorne En Taille
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11. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi Suscipe: XI. Dialogue Sur La Voix Humaine
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12. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus: XII. Dialogue Sur Les Tierces Et La Basse Sur La Trompette
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13. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Tu Solus Altissimus: XIII. Recit De Tierce
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14. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Amen: XIV. Dialogue Sur Les Grands Jeux
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15. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents: XV. Offertoire Sur Les Grands Jeux
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16. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents: XVI. Sanctus
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17. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Sanctus Dominus Deus Sabaoth: XVII. Recit De Cornet
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18. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents, Benedictus, Elevation: XIII. Tierce En Taille
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19. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents: XIX. Agnus Dei
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20. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents: XX. Dona Nobis Pacem, Dialogue Sur Les Grands Jeux
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21. Messe a L'usage Des Couvents: XXI. Deo Gratias
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
François Couperin (1668- 1733) was a French composer more commonly known for his harpsichord music, despite his 55 plus years spent as a church organist. The Mass for the Convents is one of only two organ pieces that he wrote and was paired with another organ mass called Messe des Paroisses or The Mass for the Parishes, both dating between the years 1689 and 1690, and found originally in a manuscript entitled Pieces d'orgue consistantes en deux messes (Pieces for Organ Consisting of Two Masses). These Masses were both written in the traditional French organ Mass style, with the music alternating between the solo organ and the choir with organ accompaniment, written clearly for liturgical purposes. At the time of its creation, many organ masses would have been based on plainchant, but in the case of The Mass for the Convents, Couperin chose to compose all new music. This ended up giving the plein jeu in the mass a lighter feeling, as they did not have the plainchant being played strongly with reed registration under the ornamented music, as was common practice at the time. The Mass includes moments of stark chromaticism, as well as lively moving passages, incorporating Couperin's knowledge of ballet. He balances strong emotional harmonies with the lucid diatonicism of his melodies, creating moments of lovely sweetness in this piece. The Mass shows Couperin's charm and poetic nature throughout, and is considered one of his great accomplishments, particularly considering his young age at the time of its creation.


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A many-splendored thing
I liked this album more with each listening, though track nine, Domine Deus Rex Coelestis, was an instant favorite. I was impressed by the seemingly (to my ears) varied registration employed in this album. I thought the registration beautifully showcased this tracker organ's many voices, which are, after all, the unique joy of organs.