Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 – 24 February 1704) was a French composer of the Baroque era.
He was exceptionally prolific and versatile, and produced compositions of the highest quality in several genres. His mastery in writing sacred vocal music, above all, was recognized and hailed by his contemporaries.
He composed his grand polyphonic motet "Te Deum" (H. 146) in D major probably between 1688 and 1698, during his stay at the Jesuit Church of Saint-Louis in Paris, where he held the position of musical director. The work is written for the group of soloists, choir, and instrumental accompaniment.
Charpentier authored six Te Deum settings, although only four of them have survived. It is thought that the composition was performed to mark the victory celebrations and the Battle of Steinkirk in August, 1692.
His career was interesting and varied, and he was appointed maître de musique for the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris in 1698, a royal post he held until his death in 1704.
The arrangement that I've recorded here was made by English organist, Lyndon Hills. I confess that I was unaware of it until recently, but was led to it by our member, denf.
So, appropriately so, this performance is dedicated to him with friendship!
THANK YOU, Dennis!
On the score the arranger writes that he based his arrangement from his recollection of a performance by Noel Rawsthorne, at the re-dedication of the organ at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The performance was designed to show off the various "military trumpets" that had recently been installed by Noel Mander.
I have to say that, in my opinion, this is BY FAR the greatest arrangement I have ever heard of this famous piece!
I won't include the score, but if you are interested in getting it, you should like at this youtube address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ui5_MP3Vws
I know that many people have said that my Hereford uploads were soft...
NOT THIS ONE!
Photos of Charpentier and of Sainte-Chapelle are attached.