“The Mysterious Barricades” by Francois Couperin (arr. Southard) SATB or TTBB
This arrangement of “The Mysterious Barricades” by Francois Couperin is a vocalise created from harpsichord piece of the same name from 300 years ago that I became mildly obsessed with. The first time I heard it I was hypnotized by its kaleidoscopic and weaving melodies, harmonies, and textures, its many suspensions, as well as its almost “walking” bass line that sounds like it could be right out of a Johnny Cash song! However, I feel that performing the work on a harpsichord or piano, where each note decays in volume quickly after playing, means that some of the effect of those suspensions is lost and I wanted to create my own version with voices that can better sustain where I can hear those suspensions fully realized.
Versions for SATB and TTBB choir are both available.
Listen to a recording of the original keyboard work, and preview and purchase scores via the link below.