Jean Philippe Rameau First Book of Harpsichord Pieces
About Jean Philippe Rameau's First Book of Harpsichord Pieces
The Premier livre de pièces de clavecin is Rameau’s earliest known composition. This 1707 set opens with a Prelude followed by a group of eight dances and a "character" piece, "La Vénetienne", perhaps an evocation of a barcarolle, or gondolier´s song. The Prelude harks back to an earlier style of improvisatory prelude cultivated by French lutenists and clavecinists, the prélude sans mesuré (without strict rhythm).