Music from Versailles III

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Program: #01-12   Air Date: Mar 19, 2001


Mass for the Death of a Prince: When the young prince of the house of Guise died soon after his marriage, followed by the death of his young son and mother-in-law, the family turned to Marc-Antoine Charpentier to write one of the most intimate and touching works of the French baroque. We will hear the Ensemble La Fenice from the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.

Preservation of this program is made possible by a generous grant from John Crowley.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704): Messe en la memoire d'un Prince

NOTE: All of the music on this program is taken from concerts presented by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles. Support for this program came in part from the French Ministry of Culture and the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. You may reach the Ministry at: and the Embassy at:

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These performances feature soloists Caroline Pelon, soprano; Pascal Bertin, counter-tenor; Hans-Joerg Mammel, tenor; Jean-Claude Sarragosse, bass; with the Chamber Choir of Namur and the Ensemble La Fenice directed by Jean Tubery.

MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER: Messe pour les trespasses: Kyrie.
CHARPENTIER: Motets pour les trespasses: Miseremini mei.
Heu, mihi Domine.
Ah, poenis crucior.
CHARPENTIER: Messe pour les trespasses: Sanctus.
Pie Jesu.
Agnus Dei.
CHARPENTIER: Miserere des Jesuites.

Composer Info

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)

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