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Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Composer)

Born: 1643, Paris

Died: 24th February 1704, Paris

Nationality: French

Marc-Antoine Charpentier was a French Baroque composer during the reign of Louis XIV. One of his most famous works is the main theme from the prelude of his Te Deum, which is still used today as a fanfare during television broadcasts as part of Eurovision.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier dominated the 17th century French music by the extent and power of his production. He approached all genres and his mastery in writing sacred vocal music, above all, was recognized and hailed by his contemporaries.

He began his career by going to Italy, there he fell under the influence of Giacomo Carissimi as well as other Italian composers, perhaps Domenico Mazzocchi. He would remain marked by the Italian style and become the only one with Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville in France to approach the oratorio.

Further Reading: Charpentier, M-A

 Interview, Reinoud Van Mechelen on Charpentier

The Belgian tenor talks to David about his recent double-bill of Charpentier's settings of the Orpheus myth, with A Nocte Temporis and Vox Luminis.

 Recording of the Week, Charpentier from Vox Luminis, A Nocte Temporis and Reinoud Van Mechelen

The two Belgian early music ensembles pool their resources for two very different works depicting Orpheus's descent to the underworld, with Van Mechelen on outstanding form as the intrepid hero in each case.

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