The Rameau Project

I am excited to make a CD of all my favorite harpsichord pieces by Jean-Phillip Rameau.  The contents will be:

From the Nouvelle Suites (1728)
Allemande
Courante
Les Soupirs
Sarabande
Fanfarinette
Gavotte et Doubles
La Poule

From the Pieces de Clavecin 
Les Tendre Plaintes
Les Niais de Sologne
Les Cyclops
Les Trios Mains

 


I am looking forward to knowing more about this composer who was the first person to describe the kind of tonal harmony we still use today.  I have a wealth of material to learn from.  Very few composers have written as much about music as Rameau.  Also he was famous in his day, so many well-known people like Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote about him.   Diderot even wrote a novel about him: Le Neveu de Rameau.

            The Well-Tempered Clavier CD that I made generated a CD with a booklet, which was too small for all I had to say.  The Goldberg Project generated two books and a CD, and I found out why I love music so much.  I cannot wait to see where this inclination of mine to play Rameau takes me.

            I calculate that the Rameau Project will require $4,800, because that is what The Goldberg Project ended up costing.  For The Goldberg Project I made about $3000 through donations and my performances.  My brother Guido Gaeffke https://www.linkedin.com/in/guidogaeffke invested this money and it earned on average 5.7% per year in a stock market most people avoided.  Therefore, I plan to invest everything with him that I earn for The Rameau Project.

The Rameau Project.
$4,800