Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Tristis Est Anima Mea H 126 By Les Arts Florissants
A clouded melody
As has always been unusual for successful composers, Marc-Antoine Charpentier was well-liked and regarded by his peers. Here in Abbaye de Saint Michel en Thiérarche, the harmonies in this work piece together a melody which is clear only after it is sung. This is because one of the two singer’s notes is resolved at the end of a phrase, meaning the remaining note is that which carries the melody - it is the note which is harmonised. Do you enjoy his work as much as his Baroque colleagues?
- Paul AgnewConductor
- Les Arts FlorissantsVocal and instrumental ensemble