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Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

(1645 - 1704)

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 - February 24, 1704) was a prolific and versatile French composer, creating quality music in several genres. His mastery of sacred vocal music was recognized and acknowledged in his day.

Charpentier was born in or near Paris, and received a solid education before traveling to Rome (c. 1667-9) to study with Giacomo Carissimi, a master of the Roman School and the first composer of oratorios, among other innovations.

His compositions include oratorios, Psalm settings, hymns, Magnificat settings, masses, motets, operas, dramatic secular vocal works, and numerous smaller pieces. Many of these latter works for one or two voices and instruments resemble the Italian cantata of His day.

Recommended Recordings

Musique de Théâtre

Harmonia Mundi 901244
Incidental Music for "Circe" & "Andromede"/Harmonia Mundi HMC901244
Charles Medlam/London Baroque

Sacred Music

Harmonia Mundi Musique d'abord 1901185
Miserere, Motets/Harmonia Mundi HMC901185 reissued as HMA1951185
Philippe Herreweghe/La Chapelle Royale Orchestra & Chorus

Oratorios: "Caecelia", "Filius Prodigus" and Magnificat/Harmonia Mundi HMC90066 reissued as HMA195066
William Christie/Les Arts Florissants