Re: The newly identified autograph
treatise by Marc-Antoine Charpentier:
A Bulletin Board
Click the red link for the
Click here to learn about manuscript "XLI,"
an autograph theoretical
work by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
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Musings about the manuscript
May 2013: Carla
Williams has defended her dissertation:
"A study of Traité d'accompagnement et
de composition, an anonymous French accompaniment treatise of ca. 1700
in Indiana University Lilly Library," by Carla Williams (2012)
On May 9, 2013, she informed me (May 9,
For those interested in gaining access
to my thesis, it is currently available through Interlibrary Loan from
the Cook Music Library. More information may be found in the catalog (IUCAT)
. Also, I am currently putting together a book prospectus for IU Press
in order to publish an edition of the manuscript. Hopefully that will
soon be moving forward.
Who wrote this page?
Does anyone recognize the
hand of the person who owned the Charpentier autograph, circa 1710?
Click on this small picture, for an enlarged
image of a page from the manuscript treatise called Traité d'accompagnement,
in the collections of the Lilly Library of Bloomington, Indiana. The call number
is: Vault MT530.B73. (Courtesy Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington,
final section of my presentation of
manuscript "XLI" shows, this unidentified person knew Marc-Antoine Charpentier personally and exchanged ideas with him, probably during the 1690s.
If the hand means something to you, then by all
means follow the trail and consult the Lilly treatise. Or, if you prefer,
send me a notice for a Bulletin
Board, and in your
name I will post
it here for the benefit of other scholars.
I lay no
claim to omniscience about this manuscript, nor do I claim exclusivity. I will be
pleased to post readers' comments and give them full credit. Just send me an
email by clicking here.
Carla E. Williams,
who for her doctoral dissertation is editing the anonymous manuscript to
which the Charpentier autograph is appended, submitted an announcement
about the discovery last spring, to appear in the
2009 edition of the Journal of Seventeenth Century Music. The Journal
is long overdue. It initially seemed likely that Ms Williams's
announcement would appear well before mine, but Fate has decreed
otherwise. You can check to see whether the Journal has appeared