The Pastorales, Intermedes, and incidental music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
This three-volume study considers two major groups of
Charpentier's oeuvre: the self-contained musico-dramatic
Pastorales composed for his pious patroness, the Duchesse
de Guise, and others; and the intermedes and incidental
music written for Moliere and the Comedie-Franpise.
The Introduction to Volume One sets Charpentier in his
milieu in late seventeenth-century France and provides
a background to the categories of stage work for which
Chapter one discusses the Pastorale, its history, the
de Guise household, and Charpentier's compositions, and
chapter two the intermedes and incidental music for the
Comedie-Franpise, mentioning the relationship between
Moli-ere and Lully, Lully's ordinances, the personnel,
and the works. Chapter three discusses the music of
all these works in five categories (instrumental music,
recitatif and ariose, air, ensemble, and choruses) and
attempts to draw some conclusions. Volume one concludes
with an appendix which cites the sources of all the works
under discussion, and a bibliography.
The most important contribution of this thesis is the
nine complete transcriptions contained in Volumes Two
and Three (five Pastorales in Volume Two and incidental
music for four Comedie-Fransaise productions in Volume
Three) along with commentary. In addition, Volume Two
outlines the editorial procedures adopted for the transcriptions
and includes comments on such matters as key
signatures, time signatures and tempi, and ornamentation.