Etienne Moulinie - Meslanges pour la chapelle d’un prince | Harmonia Mundi HMC902194

Etienne Moulinie - Meslanges pour la chapelle d’un prince

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMC902194

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 25th August 2014

Contents

About

For more than 30 years, the career of composer Étienne Moulinié was inseparably linked with the patronage of Gaston d'Orléans (1608-60), brother of Louis XIII. Moulinié provided the music for the prince’s family from 1627 to 1660, leaving a varied and original oeuvre.

Although his secular music is well known, his sacred output, most of it contained in a collection published in 1658 from which this recording presents some of the finest pieces, is still neglected, despite its great beauty, its individuality, and its importance for the development of mid 17th-century French music.

Despite several announcements, Moulinié was never to carry out his intention of publishing further volumes, probably hindered from doing so by the death of his patron in 1660. 'The Mélanges de sujets chrétiens' (Anthology of Christian subjects, canticles, litanies, and motets, set to music in two, three, four, and five parts, with a figured bass) is therefore all the more precious in the insight it gives into the music of one of the most original composers of the Grand Siècle at the height of his artistry.

Excellent booklet note by Thomas Leconte of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.

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