1. Click for Expanded View of Can you Couperin? PART 1!

    François Couperin
    Clip Length: 02:47
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 1 Jan 1970 
  2. Click for Expanded View of Ravel: Une Barque sur l'ocean

    Maurice Ravel
    Clip Length: 07:28
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 3 days ago 
  3. Click for Expanded View of Emile Waldteufel: Les Patineurs (The Skaters)

    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Clip Length: 07:07
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  4. Click for Expanded View of Josef Strauss: Sport-Polka Op.170

    Josef Strauss
    Clip Length: 01:56
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  5. Click for Expanded View of Shostakovich: The Age of Gold (Part 2)

    Dmitri Shostakovich
    Clip Length: 02:21
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  6. Click for Expanded View of Mozart: A Musical Joke – Presto

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Clip Length: 02:28
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  7. Click for Expanded View of Richard Rodgers: You'll never walk alone

    Richard Rodgers
    Clip Length: 03:20
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  8. Click for Expanded View of John (Towner) Williams: Summon the Heroes

    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Clip Length: 06:14
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  9. Click for Expanded View of Booker T Jones: Soul Limbo

    Booker T. Jones
    Clip Length: 03:32
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  10. Click for Expanded View of Queen: We are the Champions

    Queen
    Clip Length: 03:31
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  11. Click for Expanded View of Stoller: Match of the Day

    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Clip Length: 02:22
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  12. Click for Expanded View of Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet - Dance of the Knights

    Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev
    Clip Length: 05:27
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  13. Click for Expanded View of Shostakovich: The Age of Gold (Part1)

    Dmitri Shostakovich
    Clip Length: 02:03
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  14. Click for Expanded View of Keith Mansfield: Wimbledon Theme

    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Clip Length: 02:04
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  15. Click for Expanded View of Sam Fonteyn: Pop Looks Bach

    BBC Concert Orchestra
    Clip Length: 02:09
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  16. Click for Expanded View of Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

    Carl Orff
    Clip Length: 02:45
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 4 days ago 
  17. Click for Expanded View of Back Choir (Coirir Sgir’ a’ Bhac), Isle of Lewis

    Clip Length: 04:04
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 17 hours ago 
  18. Click for Expanded View of Late Junction at the Latitude Festival 2014: Mahotella Queens

    Clip Length: 03:21
    Clip type: Video
    Added 18 hours ago 
  19. Click for Expanded View of Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Act 3

    Richard Strauss
    Clip Length: 59:21
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 18 hours ago 
  20. Click for Expanded View of Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - Act 2

    Richard Strauss
    Clip Length: 52:58
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 18 hours ago 
  21. Click for Expanded View of Late Junction at the Latitude Festival 2014: Billy Bragg

    Clip Length: 04:12
    Clip type: Video
    Added 18 hours ago 
  22. Click for Expanded View of Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - Act 1

    Richard Strauss
    Clip Length: 01:10:32
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 19 hours ago 
  23. Click for Expanded View of Meet My Choir: Forget Me Not Chorus, Cardiff

    Clip Length: 04:12
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 19 hours ago 
  24. Click for Expanded View of Hindemith: Sonata in G minor

    Paul Hindemith
    Clip Length: 04:50
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 1 day ago 
  25. Click for Expanded View of Rameau: Cinquième concert

    Les Arts Florissants
    Clip Length: 08:13
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 1 day ago 
  26. Click for Expanded View of Rameau: Quatrième concert

    Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Clip Length: 06:30
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 1 day ago 
  27. Click for Expanded View of Meet My Choir: Fair City Singers, Perthshire

    Clip Length: 04:28
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 1 day ago 
  28. Click for Expanded View of Rameau: Troisième concert

    Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Clip Length: 10:23
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 1 day ago 
  29. Click for Expanded View of Rameau: Deuxième concert

    Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Clip Length: 12:53
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 1 day ago 
  30. Click for Expanded View of Rameau: Premier concert

    Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Clip Length: 09:00
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 1 day ago 
  31. Click for Expanded View of Meet My Choir: Cardiff Blues Choir

    Clip Length: 03:02
    Clip type: Audio
    Added 1 day ago 

Can you Couperin? PART 1!

You do not have javascript enabled, please enable javascript to view this clip How?
François Couperin Clip duration: 02:47 Audio
Can you beat Tom Service? Test your scatting and karaoke skills in Richard Sisson's libretto to Couperin's Les Barricades Mysterieuses... Ready? Take a breath and click play!

Verse le première!
Couperin is super, an inspiring first class trooper an’ I swoon at any tune by him, he puts me in a stupor
And his calling card Les Baricades is like the Shard so towering and show’ring us with notes and joy oh boy it’s super-duper…
I’d suggest that all the rest that think they’re ev’ry bit as blessed should know that even so the best of them should worship at his feet
Okay on Red Nose Day I’m here to say there is no way those others with my super-duper Couperin can ever quite compete…

No!

Albinoni’s all baloney, he’s a phoney – here’s the news – turns out his BIG adagio is not by him at all;
And while the man who puts a ban on any canon by old Pachelbel will get my vote ‘cos note by note it drives me up the wall –
Oh Lord it really does go on and on, a grim G minor marathon – un-flavourful and quaverful, it’s all the blinking same,
I tell you on and on and on and on and on and on and on although I s’pose at least it’s long enough to learn to spell his name…

Verse le seconde!
I shan’t of course and can’t of course but grant you that the great J S is God and in Baroque he is the Biz that starts with B;
But take good care and be aware that there are other Bachs, much lesser sparks, like CPE or DVD and one called OMG
Now entre nous, there’s quite a few that do admire Signor Vivaldi, as delicious and nutritious as a bowl of minestrone;
But then am I right such appetite might well be quite a lot to do with having his most famous piece called Quattro Stagione?

Sure, but dare I say it’s fair to say that Miserere may just mean Gregorio Allegri was the first real one-hit-wonder?


************************************************

Ready for more? Go to part II to continue...
Added 1 Jan 1970
Featured Artists:

Elsewhere on the BBC

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.