Marc-Antoine Charpentier was the most important composer of his generation during the reign of Louis
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Marc-Antoine Charpentier was the most important composer of his generation during the reign of Louis XIV. His affinity for French noëls is showcased in his delightful Messe de Minuit pour Noël (Midnight Mass for Christmas) and his Christmas Oratorio, both based on French carols. Charpentier composed more than 550 works of spellbinding craftsmanship, beauty and drama, which laid completely forgotten until a historical revival in the 1980s. Virtually none of his music was published during his lifetime due to his rival Jean-Baptise Lully, whose stranglehold on Parisian music and staged musical dramas, left the more skilled composer in his shadow. Now, 300 years later, the importance of Charpentier’s place in French musical history is be rewritten. Carols of the season, including Angels We Have Heard on High and Whence is that Goodly Fragrance Flowing, complete this unique concert celebrating the French Baroque.