Yair Avidor Plays La Forqueray by Duphly

Yair Avidor performs his transcription for theorbo of La Forqueray by French harpsichordist and composer Jacques Duphly (1715-1789). This comes via Avidor’s YouTube channel. Originally for keyboard, Avidor states, “This fine piece, so full of grandeur, is taken from Duphly’s Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin published in Paris in 1756.” Lovely performance and arrangement by Avidor. Hearing it on theorbo gives the work such an elegant and gentle delivery.

Below is a performance on harpsichord by Nathaniel Mander via his YouTube which you’ll find more rhythmically intense. Love both performances. He states, “Duphly was the last of the great 18th century harpsichordists whose music is filled with a sense of nostalgia for a previous age amidst a fraught and changing world. This work is his absolute masterpiece which makes use of the richness of the late French harpsichords. Nathaniel is performing here on his harpsichord, a double manual copy made by Andrew Garlick based on an instrument by Jean-Claude Goujon.”

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