Holiday Concert: Music of the French Baroque

Messe de Minuit pour Noël  by Marc-Antoine Charpentier

November 27, 2016 • 4:00 • First United Methodist Church • 104 S. Pineapple Ave • Downtown SRQ

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier was the most important composer of his generation during the reign of Louis XIV. His affinity for French noëls is showcased in his delightful Messe de Minuit pour Noël (Midnight Mass for Christmas). 8501_KC_WebGraphics_Holiday_7_26The Midnight Mass for Christmas, composed in 1694, is an excellent example of 17th century musical craftsmanship, while remaining highly accessible.  One of eleven masses scored for voice and orchestra, this work is set for four voices, two flutes, strings, organ and continuo. Charpentier composed more than 550 works of spellbinding craftsmanship, beauty and drama, which laid completely forgotten until a historical revival in the 1980’s. Virtually none of his music was published during his lifetime due to his rival Jean-Baptise Lully, whose stranglehold on Parisian music, including a Lully’s monopoly on staged musical dramas, left the more skilled composer in his shadow. Now, 300 years later, his place in French history is being rewritten.

Learn more about Charpentier and his music, join Maestro Caulkins for Behind the Music at The Bijou Café

Charpentier and Music of the French Baroque • November 16 • $30 • Click to Purchase
Marc-Antoine Charpentier was the most important composer of his generation during the reign of King Louis XIV. He composed more than 550 works of spellbinding craftsmanship, beauty and drama, which laid completely forgotten until a historical revival some 200 years later. Virtually none of his music was published during his lifetime due to a stranglehold on Parisian music by his archrival Jean-Baptiste Lully. Discover why 300 years later, his place in French history is being rewritten.

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