The smoothly turned élan of François Couperin’s Chromhorne sur la Taille offers a reflective, gently ornamented and sustained melody of extraordinary nobility. Taken from the ‘Messe pour les couvents’, the more intimate and devotional of the two organ masses published in 1690 in the composer’s ‘Pièces d’orgue’, the cromhorne stop (in the tenor or ‘taille’ range) is performed here on a large, mellow trumpet as a kind of ‘living’ registration. Finding a rich and legato shape is the key here.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

Parts included:

  • Trumpet in C
  • Piano

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