Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 - February 24, 1704) was a French composer of the Baroque era. He was a prolific and versatile composer, principally of sacred vocal music, and was one of the most famous contemporaries of Jean-Baptiste Lully.
He was born in or near Paris. Little is known of his early life, and even the approximate date of his birth is questioned; it is known that he was a 'young man' when he studied in Rome, probably between 1662 and 1667. While in Rome he studied with Giacomo Carissimi; an old legend of his going to Rome to study painting, prior to his musical talent being discovered by Carissimi, is undocumented. Certainly he acquired a solid knowledge of contemporary Italian practice, which he brought back to France.
Most likely he worked for the Duchess of Guise on his return to France, as her mâitre de musique—music master—and singer, until her death in 1688. During this time he composed a considerable quantity of dramatic secular vocal works, including psalm settings, hymns, a Magnificat setting, a mass, and motets (which he called oratorios, confusingly).
His compositions include oratorios, masses, operas, and numerous smaller pieces which are difficult to categorize. Many of his smaller works for one or two voices and instruments resemble the Italian cantata of the time, and share most features except for the name: Charpentier calls them air sérieux or air à boire if they are in French, but cantatas if they are in Italian.
Te Deum Prelude "By Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704). For trumpet solo (in C or D, or piccolo trumpet in A) and organ accompaniment. Baroque. Difficulty: medium-difficult. Instrumental solo book. Solo part, standard notation and organ accompaniment. Published by Emer
Messe de Minuit H 9 "By Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704). Edited by Helga Schauerte-Maubouet. For soprano voice solo 1, soprano voice solo 2, alto voice solo 1, alto voice solo 2, tenor voice solo 1, tenor voice solo 2, bass voice solo 1, bass voice solo 2, piano. This e
Messe de Minuit H 9 "By Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704). Edited by Helga Schauerte-Maubouet. For Soprano voice solo 1, Soprano voice solo 2, Alto voice solo 1, Alto voice solo 2, Tenor voice solo 1, Tenor voice solo 2, Bass voice solo 1, Bass voice solo 2, Choir, Orches
In nativitatem Domini canticum H. 416 "By Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704). Edited by Joel Schwindt. Arranged by Joel Schwindt. For soprano voice solo 1 / soprano voice solo 2 / / alto voice solo / tenor voice solo / bass voice solo / SATB choir / 2 flutes /2 violins / viola / basso conti
"Messe de Minuit, H.9" (Christmas Mass (Liturgical)). By Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704). Arranged by Jean-Paul Montagnier. Schott. Piano reduction. 65 pages. Schott Music #ED12600. Published by Schott Music
Le Reniement De ST. Pierre (ST. Peter's Denial of Christ) "(For Chorus, Soloists, and Accompaniment). By Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704). Edited by H.Wiley Hitchcock. Arranged by H.Wiley Hitchcock. SATB chorus. For Two Sopranos Solo, Alto Solo, Tenor Solo, Bass Solo, SSATB Chorus, Basso Continuo, Keyboard.
Prelude to Te Deum "By Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704). Arranged by Andrew Kissling. Brass quintet and organ. For 2 Bb or C Trumpets, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Organ. Score and set of parts. Published by AK Brass Press"
Noels [H.531 & 534] By Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704). Edited by Catherine Cessac. For string orchestra. Orchestra. Marc-Antoine Charpentier _ Musique instrumentale integrale. Baroque. Score. 40 pages. Published by La Sinfonie d'Orphee
In nativitatem Domini canticum "By Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704). For Solo SATB, SATB Choir, 2 Flutes, 2 Violins, Cello/Contrabass, Organ. Score available separately - see item CA.2100100. Cantatas; Use during the church year: Christmas. Level 2. Piano/Vocal score. Language: Lat