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Re: The newly identified autograph treatise by Marc-Antoine Charpentier:
A Bulletin Board

 Click the red link for the manuscript itself:
  Click here to learn about manuscript "XLI,"
an autograph theoretical
work by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
(late 1698)

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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, 2013):

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) record: . 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?

January 2011: 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, Indiana)

As the 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 by clicking here!