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M-A Charpentier * Boyvin: 'Motets Pour Une Princesse'

Magazine article Gramophone

M-A Charpentier * Boyvin: 'Motets Pour Une Princesse'

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M-A Charpentier * Boyvin

'Motets pour une princesse'

Boyvin Grand Prelude. Trio. Cornet ou Tierce. Dialogue de recits et de trios. Duo. Tierce en taille. Dialogue en fugue M-A Charpentier Pour un reposoir, H523. Ave verum corpus, H329. Domine Dominus noster, H163. Gaudia Beatae Virginis Mariae, H330. Quam dilecta, H186. De profundis, H232. Usquequo Domine, H196 Marguerite Louise / Gaetan Jarry org L'Encelade (F) ECL1403 (67' * DDD * T/t)

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The title of this disc is 'Motets pour une princesse'. The lady in question was Marie de Lorraine, the Duchesse de Guise. After Charpentier had returned in 1670 from Rome, where he had studied with Carissimi, he entered her employ as composer and singer. Mademoiselle de Guise, as she was known, was a powerful aristocrat who had a large musical establishment; Charpentier remained in her service as maitre de munique till her death in 1688.

Mlle de Guise was pious as well as rich, and most of Charpentier's petits motets were no doubt written for her establishment. All but one of the six here are for three voices, two treble instruments and continuo; Gaetan Jarry includes flutes as well as violins. …

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