Daquin Sheet Music and Biography
Louis Claude Daquin was born in Paris on 4th July 1694. He was a composer, organist, and harpsichord player from a reputable family.
His father was a painter, one of his great uncles was the physician to Louis XIV and his godmother was the composer Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre. (Maybe this is how he obtained access to the royal circles?)
Download his popular piece Le Coucou for piano or keyboard.
Daquin played before King Louis XIV at the age of six and by the age of twelve, he had become a professional organist and held a post at Sainte-Chapelle. In 1739 he became organist to the King, unsurprisingly he was never short of work as an organist. He was known for his “unfaltering precision and evenness” of the keyboard, impressing crowds with his performances.
In 1739 Daquin published Premier livre de pièces de clavecin (1735; First Book of Pieces for the Harpsichord). This contains his most popular pieces with the Troisième Suite including Le Coucou (The Cuckoo). He also published Nouveau livre de noëls which is a successful collection of carols for the organ or harpsichord.
You can watch a performance of Le Coucou on YouTube below.
After a long and successful career, Daquin died in Paris on 15th June 1772.
Daquin Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading
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