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Jean Racine's Cantiques spirituels

Jean Racine's Cantiques spirituels
Musical Settings by Moreau, Lalande, Collasse, Marchand, Duhalle, and Bousset
Edited by Deborah Kauffman
B178
Jean Racine's Cantiques spirituels
Full Score (2012)
978-0-89579-729-2
9x12, xviii + 228 pp.

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B178P1
Instrumental Part(s) (2012)
Set of 5 parts (rec. 1; rec. 2; vn. 1; vn. 2; b.c.)
$38.00

B178P2
Instrumental Part(s) (2012)
Set of 7 parts (fl. 1; fl. 2; vn. 1; vn. 2; vn. 3; vn. 4; b.c.)
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In 1694 Jean Racine, one of the great writers of classical French tragedy, wrote four poems titled Cantiques spirituels. These poems were set to music by several composers, some with close ties to the court of Louis XIV: Jean-Baptiste Moreau, Michel-Richard de Lalande, Pascal Collasse, Jean-Baptiste de Bousset, Jean-Noël Marchand, and Duhalle. Both the poetry and the music of these works are significant examples of the cantique spirituel, a genre that held an important place in Catholic religious culture during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The works in this edition reflect the influence of Bénigne de Bacilly, who helped change the cantique from a simple strophic song to a learned, ornate composition of high artistic quality. The cantique settings presented here range in scope from settings for solo voice and basse continue to grand pieces for voices and symphonies, and together they testify to a rich tradition of composition within an important musical tradition.
Jean-Baptiste Moreau and Michel-Richard de Lalande, Cantiques chantez devant le Roy
  Les méchants m’ont vanté (Moreau)
  Mon Dieu, quelle guerre cruelle! (Moreau)
  Quel charme vainqueur du monde (Moreau)
  Heureux qui, de la sagesse (Lalande)
 
Pascal Collasse, Cantiques spirituels, mis en musique (1695)
  Les méchants m’ont vanté
  Heureux qui, de la sagesse
  Mon Dieu, quelle guerre cruelle!
  Quel charme vainqueur du monde
 
Jean-Noël Marchand, Cantiques spirituels faits par M Racine
  Les méchants m’ont vanté
  Heureux qui, de la sagesse
  Mon Dieu, quelle guerre cruelle!
  Quel charme vainqueur du monde
 
Settings of Individual Cantiques spirituels
  Heureux qui, de la sagesse, Duhalle
  Mon Dieu, quelle guerre cruelle!, Duhalle
  Hélas! En guerre avec moi-même, Jean-Baptiste de Bousset
 
Appendix: Alternative Settings by Moreau and Lalande of Individual Stanzas
  “Que je vois de Vertus” (Moreau, stanza 6 of Les méchants m’ont vanté)
  “L’Amour sur tous les dons” (Moreau, stanza 12 of Les méchants m’ont vanté)
  “L’un tout esprit, et tout céleste” (Moreau, stanza 2 of Mon Dieu, quelle guerre cruelle!)
  “Ô grâce, ô rayon salutaire” (Moreau, stanza 4 of Mon Dieu, quelle guerre cruelle!)
  “Infortunés que nous sommes” (Lalande, stanza 3 of Heureux qui, de la sagesse)
  “Pour trouver un bien fragile” (Lalande, stanza 4 of Heureux qui, de la sagesse)
  “De nos attentats injustes” (Lalande, stanza 5 of Heureux qui, de la sagesse)
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