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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, Marche en rondeau. This theme which is still used today as a fanfare during television broadcasts of the Eurovision Network, the European Broadcasting Union. The most relevant broadcast program it transmits is the Eurovision Song Contest.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier dominated the Baroque musical scene in seventeenth century France because of the quality of his prolific output. He mastered all genres, and his skill in writing sacred vocal music was especially hailed by his contemporaries.

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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