New Perspectives on Marc-Antoine Charpentier

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Shirley Thompson
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Music - 385 pages
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The tercentenary of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's death in 2004 stimulated a surge of activity on the part of performers and scholars, confirming the modern assessment of Charpentier (1643-1704) as one of the most important and inventive composers of the French Baroque. The present book illustrates not only the sheer variety of research strands currently pursued, but also the way in which these strands frequently intertwine and generate the potential for future research. Between them, they examine facets of the composer's compositional language and process, aspects of his performance practice and notation, the contexts within which he worked, and the nature of his legacy. The appendix contains a transcription of the inventory of Charpentier's manuscripts prepared when their sale to the Royal Library was negotiated in 1726 - an invaluable research tool, as numerous chapters in the book demonstrate. The wide variety of topics covered here will appeal both to readers interested in Charpentier's music and to those with a broader interest in the music and culture of the French Baroque, including aspects of patronage, church and theatre. Far from treating his output in isolation, this book places it in the wider context alongside such composers as Lully, Lalande, Marais, François Couperin and Rameau; it also views the composer in relation to his Italian training. In the process, the under-examined question of influence - who influenced Charpentier? whom did he influence? - repeatedly comes to the fore.
 

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Contents

The Italian Background
31
An Emblem Expanded
63
Sensual Imagery
89
Charpentiers Messe pour plusieurs
105
The Singers and Instrumentalists of
133
H507 Melanges vol 22 p 48 cahier XLVIII fol 24v
171
Performance Practices at the Theatre de Guenegaud and
179
Added Preludes
185
instrumentis HI90 Melanges vol 6 p 43 cahier 39 fol 23
202
Charpentiers
207
Reflections on Charpentiers Les plaisirs
269
A Nephews Tribute
287
1a Charpentier Ave regina H22 Melanges vol 2 p 183
292
Memoire des ouvrages de musique latine et françoise
315
Bibliography
341
Index of Works by Charpentier Cited
363

H169 Melanges vol 3 p 166 cahier 22 fol 88v
196

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