Marc-Antoine Charpentier's "Pestis Mediolanensis" (The Plague of Milan)

Dramatic Motet for Soloists, Double Chorus, Woodwinds, Strings, and Continuo

Edited by H. Wiley Hitchcock

Marc-Antoine Charpentier's

82 pp., 8.5 x 11

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7875-0
    Published: November 2011

Early Musical Masterworks—Critical Editions and Commentaries

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The Plague of Milan (c. 1680) is commonly called an oratorio but is best described as a motet. The text, a description of the charitable acts of the Bishop of Milan during the bubonic plague of 1576, is based on Charpentier's holograph manuscript and includes a full score for soloists, double chorus, winds, and strings. This edition includes an analysis of the music and text, a translation of the test, a discussion of editorial problems, and a collection of writings on the work.

Originally published in 1979.

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