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He took harpsichord lessons with his talented godmother Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre and composition lessons from the illustrious Nicolas Bernier, and at the age of six he performed for Louis XIV.
That year he was also hired as organist at Petit St. Daquin won the position of organist at St. Paul in in competition with a number of fine musicians including the great Jean-Philippe Rameau, and he remained there until his death. Concurrently he held other organist appointments—at Cordeliers from , Chapelle Royale from , and Notre Dame from Contemporary accounts rate Daquin as the finest improviser of his time, but he may have been too busy improvising to commit the extent of his genius to print—just two collections of his compositions were captured for posterity.
He points to Les vents en couroux , in which he says the crossed hands passages represent the fury of the waves and flashes of lightning as the wind whips up a storm on the ocean, and Les trois cadences , which contains the novel technique of the triple trill.
Le coucou , the first piece in his Third Suite, shows his remarkable use of a stylized bird call in an original way. The call migrates from hand to hand, but more strikingly changes from a third to a second, fourth, fifth, or sixth depending on the harmony, and sometimes ascends rather than descends. It never loses its identity as the cuckoo, however, owing to its rhythmic configuration. In terms of form, Daquin opts for a rondeau in which the opening alternates with two couplets as a refrain in the form A-B-A-C-A.
Pièces de Clavecin (Daquin, Louis-Claude)
He was a virtuoso organist and harpsichordist. Louis-Claude Daquin was born in Paris to a family originating from Italy , where his great-great-grandfather took the name D'Aquino after converting to Catholicism in the town of Aquino. Daquin was a musical child prodigy. He performed for the court of Louis XIV at the age of six.
Daquin - Le CouCou (The Cuckoo) sheet music for Piano
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