Jean-Philippe Rameau

Tambourin, for harpsichord in E minor (Pièces de clavecin avec une méthode)

    Description by James Leonard

    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), far and away the greatest French opera composer of the first half of eighteenth century, was also an able keyboard composer who published four books of harpsichord works totaling 65 pieces during his lifetime. In the second book of Pièces de clavecin, Rameau included 20 pieces unevenly divided between stylized dances and character pieces. Of the latter, the Tambourin in E minor is one of the briefest, one of the most evocative, and certainly one of the most aggressive. With its repeatedly hammered tonic chords in the left hand and its driving melody with trills and accents in the right hand, the piece is unforgettable. And, indeed, Rameau did not forget to include it in his opera La Fete d'Herbe premiered 15 years later.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Profil - Edition Günter Hänssler PH 17065
    2018 CRD Records CRD 3536
    2018 Saydisc CDSDL 448
    2017 Analekta AN 291568
    2016 Deutsche Grammophon 4795983
    2016 Alpha ALPHA 324
    2016 Claudio CB 60206
    2016 Claudio / Claudio Bohema CB 60202
    2016 Erato 0825646974580
    2015 Bayard Musique B 3084302
    2014 Rewind REW 514
    2013 Delos DE 1628
    2013 Delos DE 3464
    2012 Signum Classics SIGCD 278
    2012 Nimbus / Nimbus Alliance NI 6180
    2011 Universal Classics & Jazz
    2011 Nireo 040
    2011 Gega / Gega New 357
    2011 Skarbo DSK 1096
    2010 Sergey Antonov
    2009 EMI Classics 13251
    2007 Saydisc 341
    2006 Lumiere Records 1036
    2004 Delos 1623
    2004 EMI Music Distribution 585828-2
    2004 EMI / EMI Music Distribution 585340
    2003 EMI Music Distribution 85270
    2002 RCA 63907
    2002 Disques Pierre Verany 730065
    2001 Music & Arts 4243
    2001 From the Top 3294112
    2001 Analekta 23121
    2001 Challenge Records 72014
    2000 Cybele 200402
    2000 Delos DE 3251
    1999 Saydisc 429
    1999 Philips 456991
    1999 Philips 454987
    1999 Disques Pierre Verany 730089
    1999 Biddulph Recordings LHW034
    1998 Cembal d'amour 104
    1997 Arion 60349
    1997 Biddulph Recordings 016
    1996 Telarc Distribution CD-80380
    1996 Telarc Distribution 80380
    1996 Telarc Distribution 80447
    1996 Pearl 9242
    1995 BIS 68
    1995 Sony Classical 66706
    1995 Sony Classical 68455
    1994 Music & Arts CD-243
    1993 Arion 60358
    1993 Nimbus 7840
    1992 Capitol/EMI Records / EMI Music Distribution 67205
    1991 RCA 09026 65468-2
    Richardson Records 700001
    Arion 40349
    All Russia
    Russian Compact Disc (RCD) 16204
    Russian Compact Disc (RCD) 16338
    Rotag Productions 82131
    Erato 92135
    Russian Compact Disc (RCD) 16024