A recently discovered autograph treatise is very revealing of Charpentier's theoretical thinking in the years immediately preceding his death. In addition, details in diverse pieces shed light on how he conveyed rhetoric through musical notation. I intend to look more closely at the latter question in the days to come!
Does anyone recognize the hand of the person who owned the Charpentier autograph treatise, circa 1710?
Click on this small picture, for an enlarged image of a page from the manuscript treatise called Traité d'accompagnement, 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.