Everybody's heard of Francois Couperin, the father of French baroque keyboard music. But how many of us know the name Jean-Henri d'Anglebert -- Couperin's predecessor, in the court of King Louis XIV and a major influence in his life? A supremely talented keyboardist and composer, d'Anglebert's output was modest; he published only one, Pieces de Clavecin, in 1689, two years before his death. But that volume was a landmark, being the first printed music in France to contain a table of ornaments and instructions for their execution. In those days, how one played ornaments -- those fancy frills and flourishes that adorned a note -- was a decision traditionally left up to the performer. So, d'Anglebert was the first to officially define ornamentation and set style in stone, so to speak. d'Anglebert's keyboard works make use of all the harpsichord's rich and varied tonalities, which aren't easy to transpose to the piano. But the exceedingly able Daniel Schlosberg will no doubt manage it superbly on Sundays Live , when he performs the prelude from d'Anglebert's Suite No. 3, a gorgeous work full of elegance and intricacy. Also on the program: Brahms'16 Waltzes and Enescu's Sonata No. 3.
Sun., Dec. 20, 6 p.m., 2009