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Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) was a French composer of the Baroque era.

He was a prolific and versatile composer, producing music of the highest quality in several genres. His mastery in the composition of sacred vocal music was recognised and acknowledged by his contemporaries.

Charpentier was born in or near Paris, the son of a master scribe who had very good connections to influential families in the Parlement of Paris. Marc-Antoine received a very good education, perhaps with the help of… read more

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  • do cranco
  • the 'Leçons de Ténèbres' are gorgeous.
  • Gran vocal!
  • H 160, is amazing!!!
  • First comment about his music, whee! This fellow seems to stand out in the very competetive field of French baroque in his pure class. The emotional complexity of his religious pieces seem a step-above much other music - it can be quite transcendent in a similar way to Rameau, but perhaps less overtly complex.

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