The Pièces de Clavecin for solo cembalo are among the most popular works by great French baroque master and Bach contemporary Jean-Philippe Rameau. Eugène Ysaÿe, leading violinist of his time, outstanding representative of the Belgian school and prominent conductor and composer, arranged four of these pieces for violin and piano.
Margarita Oganesjan has taken Ysaÿe’s piano arrangement and created a progressive, personal arrangement for the Hartmann/Oganesjan duo.
Allemande, Rappel des Oiseaux and the final piece, Tambourin, were taken from the first suite of the Deuxième Livre, which appeared in print in 1724.
Ysaÿe took the third movement, the Menuet, from the Nouvelles Suites, the third book of the Pièces de Clavecin.
In Ysaÿe’s day it was very fashionable to arrange popular works from various eras, in particular the baroque and classical periods, for violin recitals and other chamber music ensembles. Fritz Kreisler, Johan Halvorsen and Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst are other examples of the popular arrangements of the time.