Music of Couperin & Rameau

Peter Sykes, harpsichord

Recorded September 13 - 14, 1993, at The Music Room, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The harpsichord is a French double-manual by D. Jacques Way, 1984.

Design: Mary McCarthy, Chelsea
Cover art: "Les Champs Elysées" by Watteau reproduced by permission of the Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London.
Total playing time: 76:59


  • François Couperin:
    • Septième prelude (from L'Art de toucher le clavecin)
    • Sixième ordre (from Second livre de clavecin)
    • Les Petits Ages (from Septième ordre)
  • Jean-Phillipe Rameau:
    • Les Cyclopes
    • Pieces de Clavecin

About the Performer

Active as a solo performer on organ, harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano, Peter Sykes has appeared at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Library of Congress.

He was the winner of the Chadwick Medal from the New England Conservatory for outstanding undergraduate achievement in 1978, and in 1993 was laureate of the Erwin Bodky award for excellence in the performance of early music.

He is Director of Music at First Church (Congregational) in Harvard Square, Cambridge, and Chairman of the Early Music Department and instructor in organ and harpsichord at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge.

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