Louis-Claude Daquin


Born: July 4, 1694; Paris, France   Died: June 15, 1772; Paris, France  
A child prodigy and a student of Louis Marchand (not to mention godson of composer Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, who gave him his first keyboard lessons), Louis-Claude Daquin first attracted attention at age six, when he played the clavecin for King Louis XIV. Descent from a line of Jewish intellectuals did not impede his early professional progress. At age eight he conducted his own Beatus vir at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, and by age 12 he had Read more become organist at the convent of Petit St.-Antoine, where the faithful flocked to hear the wunderkind organist as much as to attend religious services. In 1727 he triumphed over Jean-Philippe Rameau in a competition for a position he would hold for the rest of his substantial life, organist at St.-Paul. In 1732 he added to his duties organist of the Cordeliers, succeeding Marchand. As if this weren't enough, in 1739 he found himself appointed -- this time without competition -- as organist of the Chapelle Royale. Furthermore, he was given one of the four organ posts at Notre Dame in 1755. He also performed as a guest at several other venues. Just as conductor Herbert von Karajan held so many important simultaneous posts in the twentieth century that he was called the "music director of Europe," Daquin was the principal organist of Paris.

Daquin was a celebrated improviser, but he also wrote widely for publication; his most famous composition is the twittering bird piece Le Coucou. Christmastime always brings performances and recordings, particularly in France, of his Noëls pour l'orgue ou la clavecin. His other major publication is the Livre de pièces de clavecin, first published in 1735. Some of his pieces are strongly influenced by Couperin, but many are quite original; some are obsessed with a single, unvaried melodic unit, while others take an up-to-date, fully fleshed-out sonata form. Read less
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    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Kosma,  Grigoras Dinicu,  Astor Piazzolla,  Andrea Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Romain Leleu
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    Clerambault: Fables / Pappas, Almazis
    Label: Maguelone   Catalog: 358406 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Paul-Alexandre Dubois,  Elisabeth Fernandez,  Iakovos Pappas,  Christophe Crapez
    Conductor:  Iakovos Pappas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Almazis
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    John Williams: The Complete Columbia Album Collection [58 CD + 1 DVD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 309294 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 59
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Isaac Albeniz,  Francisco Tarrega,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Julian Bream,  Carlos Bonell,  Brian Gascoigne  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  Daniel Barenboim,  John Williams,  Louis Frémaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  String Orchestra  ... 
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    A L'orgue / Vincent Boucher
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 23016 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Vincent Boucher,  Benoit Loiselle,  Jacques Boucher,  Stéphane Beaulac
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    Rachmaninov: Complete RCA Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88843073922 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Natalie Rachmaninov,  Nadezhda Plevitskaya
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  Eugene Ormandy,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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    100 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002188102 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Neeme Järvi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theater Violin Ensemble,  Ansbach Bach Week Soloists Union,  Salzburg Mozarteum Camerata Academica  ... 
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    Deutsche Geistliche Barockmusik: Weihnachten (German Baroque Sacred Music: Christmas)
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 349 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Christoph Graupner,  Various,  Samuel Scheidt,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Geyer,  Reinoud Van Mechelen,  Elisabeth Scholl,  Lothar Blum  ... 
    Conductor:  Florian Heyerick,  Bruno Boterf,  Jean Tubery,  Philippe Pierlot  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Tempore,  Mannheim Hofkapelle,  Ricercar Consort  ... 
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    Daquin: Livre De Noels / Vincent Boucher
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22703 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin
    Performer:  Vincent Boucher
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    Christmas Organ: Noel Aux Orgues De Tende Et De Chambery
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 958199 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Zipoli,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre,  Various  ... 
    Performer:  René Saorgin,  Yves Roure
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    Harpsichord Favourites / Robert Aldwinckle
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1293 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Aldwinckle
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    Portrait Einer Konigin
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6037 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  César Franck,  Max Reger  ... 
    Performer:  Ulfert Smidt
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    Deux Siecles d'Orgue / Lebegue, Bouvard, Desenclos, Espinasse, Robin
    Label: Alpha Productions   Catalog: 950 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nicolas-Antoine Lebègue,  Jacques-Denis Thomelin,  Guillaume Gabriel Nivers,  François Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Baptiste Robin,  François Espinasse,  Michel Bouvard,  Frédéric Desenclos
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    Three Centuries of Organ Music at Notre Dame de Paris / Olivier Latry
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5338 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicolas Séjean,  Guillaume A. Calviere,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Claude-Béninge Balbastre  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Latry
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    Music For Bird Lovers
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1269 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Souter,  Ian Giles,  James Gregory,  Jon Banks  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lizzio,  David Croft,  Henry Adolph,  Julia Craig-McFeely
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Serendipity Singers
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    50 Best Organ Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 333162 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Louis-Nicolas Clérambault,  François Couperin  ... 
    Performer:  Lionel Rogg,  Noel Rawsthorne,  Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier,  Maurice Duruflé  ... 
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Steuart Bedford,  Michel Plasson
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    The Metzler Organ In St. Jakob Friedberg
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 12008 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Morandi,  Georg Muffat,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  John Stanley  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schnur
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    The Harmonious Blacksmith - Favorite Harpsichord Encores / Aldwinckle
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1293 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Aldwinckle
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    Label: Farao   Catalog: 100205 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Xaver Murschhauser,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Joh. Valentin Rathgeber  ... 
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    A Baroque Christmas
    Label: Ricercar   Catalog: 329 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Various,  Samuel Scheidt,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Matthias Weckmann  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  John Elwes,  Ian Honeyman,  James Bowman  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Boterf,  Jean Tubery,  Philippe Pierlot,  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ricercar Consort,  Namur Chamber Choir,  La Fenice  ... 
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    Noel: A Classical Guitar Christmas / Muratore
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5638031758 Release Date: 11/07/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Gustav Holst,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré  ... 
    Performer:  John Muratore
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    Bonbons For Organ / Martin Setchell
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 600 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert Renaud,  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Arndt,  Francois Dubois  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Setchell
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  • 22.
    Jack Mitchener Plays Christmas Organ Music
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 936 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Marcel Dupré,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant  ... 
    Performer:  Jack Mitchener
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  • 23.
    Amor Vincit / Musica Del Cuore
    Label: Aliud   Catalog: 28 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Giulio Caccini,  Robert Jones,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Caroline Erkelens,  Anne Koene
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica del Cuore
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  • 24.
    Great Cathedral Organs [13-CD Set]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 0852952 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Henry Purcell,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ... 
    Performer:  Noel Rawsthorne,  Francis Jackson,  Douglas Guest,  Simon Preston  ... 
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    Noel - Christmas Edition Sampler
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2928223 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Heinrich Schütz,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Agnès [Soprano Vocal] Mellon,  Chiara Banchini,  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Yves Roure  ... 
    Conductor:  Uwe Gronostay,  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Vocale,  Les Arts Florissants,  Ensemble 415  ... 
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