"Flat Baroque"
Song by The Carpenters
from the album A Song for You
A Song for You

The Carpenters' fourth album, A Song for You

Recorded 1971-72
Released April 13th, 1972 (as a B-Side single)
Length 1:48
Genre(s) Pop
Writer(s) Richard Carpenter
Producer(s) Jack Daugherty & The Carpenters
Record label A&M Records
Letter (Make Your Own Kind of Music) N/A, for
Tracks from A Song for You

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Bless the Beasts and Children (7)
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Bless the Beasts and Children (7)

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Piano Picker (9)
Piano Picker (9)
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Flat Baroque is a song composed by Richard Carpenter. It is included on The Carpenters' fourth studio album, A Song for You.

Song HistoryEdit

Carpenter wrote "Flat Baroque" in 1966, when he was a music major at California State University.[1] Before A Song For You, Richard, Karen, and Wes Jacobs (the Richard Carpenter Trio) recorded "Flat Baroque" when they were signed to RCA in 1967; in 1970, the Carpenters performed a slower version of the song on the radio program Your Navy Presents. It was never formally released until it was included on their 1972 album, as a "perfect" prelude to "Piano Picker".

This song helped Richard Carpenter win a Grammy nomination in 1973 for "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals", although he lost to Michel Legrand for Sarah Vaughan's rendition of "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?"



Have a ListenEdit


  1. Album liner notes