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Messe de Minuit pour Noel

Mitternachtsmesse zu Weihnachten

By Marc-Antoine Charpentier

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SST(A)TB vocal soli, ST(A)TB choir
Mitternachtsmesse zu Weihnachten. Composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645-1704). Edited by Hans Ryschawy. This edition: urtext. French Sacred Music. Sacred vocal music, Mass, Latin, Christmas. Choir score. H 9. 24 pages. Duration 25 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 21.029/05. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.2102905).

Item Number: CA.2102905

ISBN M-007-17196-4. Language: Latin.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Christmas mass, the "Messe de minuit", is throughly in the French tradition, celebrating the joyful news of the Birth of Christ with cheerful happiness. In this midnight mass, composed in 1694, ten traditional French Christmas hymns have been rearranged, lending the work dancelike energy, as well as charming tonal color. In independent movements the rather small instrumental ensemble consisting of two flutes, strings and organ plays a significant role in the musical events of this mass, alternating with various combinations of the voices. Solo voices are only used together in small ensembles and, in accordance with the practices of the period, the boundaries between solo ensemble and choir are fluid; thus these solo passages can also be sung by members of the choir. Score available separately - see item CA.2102900.

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