I am an American composer (of music). I used a theme of Couperin on which to base a concerto that was premiered a long ime ago, but continues to be performed. The Couperin theme was taken from a clavier piece entitled "La Bandoline." Periodically I'm asked for the meaning of the title, and I have no idea. Yesterday, a virtuoso soloist in Taiwan asked me for that information. So, finally, I've set out to research its meaning. The web has provided little help. One definition that comes up is: a thick pomade for the hair. I absolutely cannot imagine that anything like that could have induced Couperin to write such a delicate melody. I'm inclined to wonder whether he could have been inspired by some form of stringed instrument? I'd be most appreciative for any clarification.