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A Pianoforte Interlude


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Everybody knows at least one of Daquin's pieces, this jolly little pianoforte solo in which he imitates the cuckoo. Born in Paris before the end of the seventeenth century, he was a remarkable child prodigy and played the harpsichord before King Louis XIV when he was only six. At the age of twelve he was an organist, taking the place of his godmother's husband, and on one occasion defeated the great Rameau, whose name is now so much better known to most people, in a contest for an organist's post.
He is best remembered by his many harpsichord pieces, especially the first book which contains the famous ' Cuckoo ', but he wrote for organ and other instruments as well, and left besides, a considerable volume of vocal music, both sacred and secular. He lived to the good old age of seventy-eight, dying in Paris in 1772.


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