A notable new edition comprising three hitherto unkown harpsichord suites by the French composer Charles Dieupart (c.1667-c.1740). Most of Dieupart's keyboard output is contained in his Six Suittes de Clavessin published in 1701, but alternative versions of a number of pieces in this collection, as well as diverse movements not found elsewhere, exist in two important manuscript sources - one Austrian, the other British. Although Dieupart's harpsichord music is largely French in style, it is clear that the composer was also influenced by German music of the time.
These pieces provide a welcome addition to the 17th-century keyboard repertoire; they are not overly difficult to play, apart from the gigues in E and F which have some tricky hand shifts, but practice is required to integrate the ornaments. The music is presented in landscape format with ring binding, the printing is clear and in quite large type, with three systems to a page. (The Consort, Summer 2010)