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A Charpentier Christmas

Here's a little holiday cheer a la Charpentier.

Painting of the Adoration of the Magi by an anonymous Renaissance master

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Painting of the Adoration of the Magi by an anonymous renaissance master.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier is probably best known for his work for the Jesuits in France and his ability to perform French opera despite the monopoly that Lully currently had on this genre. But earlier in his career, having just returned from his studies with Giacomo Carissimi in Rome, he found employment as the composer for Mlle de Guise. He would continue to work for her for seventeen years until near her death in 1687. It was during this time that he wrote two pastorales on the birth of Jesus.

Music Heard On This Episode

Charpentier: Un Oratorio de Noel (Christmas Oratorio)
Les Arts Florissants (William Christie)
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Charpentier: Un Oratorio de Noel (Christmas Oratorio)
Les Arts Florissants (William Christie)
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Anna Pranger

Anna Pranger moved to Bloomington in 2009 to pursue a degree in music librarianship. Before this, she worked on a degree in music history at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio. She serves as both an assistant producer for Harmonia and the Music Library Assistant for WFIU.

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