January 6, 2013: Couperin's Alarm Clock
Le Réveille-Matin (“The Alarm Clock“) François Couperin (1668-1733)
'Alla Turca' from Piano Sonata No. 11 Wolfgang A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Couperin himself tells the story of a sonata he wrote early in his career:
“Knowing the greed of the French for foreign novelties, and lacking in self confidence, I pretended that a relative of mine in the service of the King of Sardinia had sent me a sonata by a recent Italian composer. I rearranged the letters of my own name into an Italian one [Coperuni or Pernucio], which I used instead. The sonata was devoured eagerly. I wrote others, and my Italianized name brought me much applause under this disguise.“
Couperin went on to have a successful career as a composer in Paris—using his own name!