Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)

First Advisor

Dr. Morley Grosmann

Second Advisor

Dr. Albert Christopher Munn

Third Advisor

Dr. Vivian Munn


In his work, L’Art de Toucher le Clavecin (1716-1717), Francois Couperin (1668-1733) details specific instructions for the correct playing of his ornamentation. In addition to the text, Couperin composes a series of didactic preludes in ascending order of difficulty to illustrate his ornamentation in the context of his work. I will focus on the proper interpretation of Couperin’s ornamentation and include a realization of four Couperin preludes. They contain the majority of issues presented by his ornamentation. I shall seek to properly realize Couperin’s ornamentation and use of unequal rhythms using the first four preludes of L’Art de Toucher le Clavecin.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American