Historia Esther, H.396 (Charpentier, Marc-Antoine)

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Editor Peter Young
Publisher. Info. Canberra Baroque, 2017
Misc. Notes typeset for soprano, alto, tenor, 3 basses, mixed chorus, 2 violins, continuo (see below, Comments)
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General Information

Work Title Historia Esther
Alternative. Title chorus judeorum.
Composer Charpentier, Marc-Antoine
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. H.396
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IMC 67
Key C major
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1677
First Publication. 1995 (or earlier)
Language Latin
Average DurationAvg. Duration 25 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation voices, mixed chorus, orchestra
Primary Sources Mélanges autographes, Vol.3 (Charpentier, Marc-Antoine), pp.13 (PDF26)-31 (PDF p.60)

Navigation etc.

  • Published in volume 3 of "[Charpentier] Œuvres complètes. 1, Meslanges autographes : fac-similé du manuscrit Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, Rés. Vm¹ 259" in 1995.
  • BnF's instrumentation is "Rôles et voix : Tres ex choro (Ut 3, Ut 4, Fa 4), Mamuchan (Fa 4), tres Pueri (Ut 3, Ut 4, Fa 4), Aman (Fa 4), Assuerus (Ut 4), Esther (Sol 2). - Choeur : Sol 2, Ut 3, Ut 4, Fa 4. - Instruments : Sol 1 (2), bc. - Mentions d'instrumentation dans la musique : orgue, viollons, flut., viol." (the flute is mentioned on p.17 of the manuscript linked above in Manuscript Sources.).
  • The number of solo voices needed is a bit fluid, since singers can take more than one role, for example the alto, tenor, and bass who sing the "Tres ex choro" could perhaps also do the "Tres Pueri". The page has therefore been tagged generically for "voices".