MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER (1643 - 1704)
Less materially successful than his Paris contemporary Lully,
Marc-Antoine Charpentier nevertheless won considerable esteem.
A prolific composer, he wrote extensively for the church and with
slightly less fecundity for secular purposes. He was in the service
of the Dauphin and held important positions at the Jesuit Church
of St. Louis and later at the Sainte-Chapelle.
From a very large number of compositions, the Messe de Minuit pour Noël may be singled out, with the second of Charpentier's Te Deum settings, impressively scored for forces that include woodwind, trumpet, timpani and strings.