Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The other day I was scanning the Cellos2Go online catalogue and saw a few cello books by Editio Budapest, so I sent an email to Ellen G asking if she'd look in their tables of contents to see if this piece was listed. She's so cool; I really like buying from her. She replied back that the LeClerc duet was titled "Tambourin". Finally! Problem solved! I searched for more information about music with that title, and found out that this piece was originally composed for the harpsichord by Jean-Phillipe Rameau (1683-1764). It was published in 1724 in his Second Book of Parts for the Harpsichord. Here's a copy of that score. You can also listen to a clip of the harpsichord version by scrolling down to Sample #8 in this Amazon link. Apparently LeClerc just arranged it as a cello duet at some point after that. Maybe that explains why I never could find out much about him.
I still like the piece better played slower as a cello duet, but then I'm biased.
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