He was replaced forthwith and with bravura by his assistant, the Italian clavecinist
Jacopo Raffaele, and had happily recovered the next day
The piece not only pays homage to the great French clavecinist
composer, Francois Couperin, as its title suggests, but, more pertinently, each of the six pieces in the suite is dedicated to a fallen soldier Ravel had known.
Nicolas Bernier (1665-1734) distinguished himself as a composer, clavecinist
, theoretician, and pedagogue.
Instead, Ravel sought new ways of expanding and burnishing the classical forms that he inherited, especially from Mozart and the French clavecinists
whom he adored, and in this regard he could be considered a late successor to Saint-Saens .