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François Couperin was Court organist, so we know that Le critique de music thought he was pretty darned good. The rest of France simply called him Couperin le Grand.
We have a ton of his music, since he was given carte blanch to publish whatever he wanted to. This made him influential all across Europe, and no less than J. S. Bach corresponded with him. Later generations much admired his work, notably Brahms and Ravel - whose Tombeau de Couperin we have seen here before.
Long time reader and friend Libertyman suggested Couperin some time ago. Since today is the composer's birthday it seemed fitting.