Wednesday, July 1
Charpentier's Te Deum, performed by Le Parlement de Musique, Chapel Royal, Versailles
The French composer Charpentier authored six separate Te Deum settings; only four remain extant. This one, the most famous, is thought to have been composed for use in the victory celebrations following the Peace of Steinkirk in 1692. Incidentally, the Flemish battle of the same name gave its name to a sort of cravat worn on informal occasions in the court of Louis XIV.