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Messe de Minuit, H.9

Christmas Mass (Liturgical)

By Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Choral, Chorus, Flute, Piano, Strings (Study Score)
Christmas Mass (Liturgical). Composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704). Arranged by Jean-Paul Montagnier. Eulenburg Taschenpartituren (Pocket Scores). Conductor's/study score. 86 pages. Eulenburg Edition #ETP8041. Published by Eulenburg Edition (HL.49010282).

Item Number: HL.49010282

ISBN 3795767148. 7.5x10.5 inches.

Of the 11 surviving settings of the Mass by Charpentier, the Messe de Minuit is without doubt one of the most popular. Although Charpentier's Parisian career is quite well documented, little is known about the genesis and first performance of the Messe de Minuit. It is likely, however, that it was commissioned by the Jesuits of the church of Saint-Louis (today, Saint-Paul-Saint-Louis) for whom Charpentier had been working as maître de musique since 1687.

for SATB Chorus with SSATB Soli, 2 Flutes, Strings and Basso Continuo.

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  • 2007-04-18 00:00:00.0 Charpentier's Christmas Mass

    Charpentier's Messe de Minuit (Christmas Mass) is an excellent companion to his Te Deum, and both are "must-haves" for any fan of Baroque-era Sacred music. The Mass diverges a bit from the standard Mass style by using themes from three French carols set to the appropriate Latin...

    text. My only reservation about this edition would be that, as an Urtext edition, it doesn't have the extended version of the interlude using the theme "Laissez paitre vos bestes" for the strings that my recording had. Oh well...

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