Meditatio

Sacred Motets for the French Royal Court

Thursday 23.07.2020 | 20:30 The Church of Our Lady of the Slavs
Vyšehradská 49/320, Praha 1 - Nové Město, 128 00

Programme

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643–1704)
Méditations pour le Carême
Salve Regina à 3 voix pareilles

 

Henri Du Mont (1610–1684)
Memorare, o piissima Virgo Maria
Jesu dulcedo cordium
In lectulo meo

 

Pierre Méliton († 1684)
Regina caeli, laetare à 3 voix

 

Marin Marais (1656–1728)
Prélude

 

Pierre Robert (1622–1699)
Splendor aeternae gloriae

 

Robert de Visée (1655–1732/3)
Les Sylvains de Monsieur Couperin

 

Concert without intermission. Expected end of the concert 21.45.

Artists

Mélusine de Pas – viola da gamba
Jan Krejča – theorbo
Pablo Kornfeld – organ

Annotation

The Summer Festivities of Early Music will commence with a harmoniously rich, dramatic and at the same time delightful program, in which three male voices accompanied by basso continuo will create by turns dark and then powerful and radiant timbres, typical of French music of the second half of the 17th century. And it was mainly Marc-Antoine Charpentier who was able to create such impressive colours from this combination…

 

Charpentier is a key figure in French Baroque music, a Baroque that is poised and intimate. He arrived at this compositional style through a long and varied journey in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors – Henri Du Mont, Pierre Méliton and Pierre Robert, who set the bar high indeed. It is their motet that will accompany Charpentier’s fragile and heart-rending, contemplative and dramatic Lent meditation. This work would almost have fallen into oblivion had it not been for the passion of Sébastien de Brossard for collecting. May we also draw inspiration from this passion!

 

The scores have been kindly provided by the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles.

Venue

The Church of Our Lady of the Slavs

Vyšehradská 49/320, Praha 1 - Nové Město, 128 00

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Partners of the concert

With the kind support of the Institut français de Prague and the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles.

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