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Pierre Robert
c.1625 - 1699
France
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P. Robert
Pierre Robert (c.1615 - 28/12/1699), a French composer and early master of the French grand motet. Pierre Robert was educated at the boys choir, or maîtrise, of Notre-Dame de Paris under the direction of Henry Frémart, Jean Francois, and Cosset Veillot before being appointed master of music at the Cathedral of Senlis in 1643. In 1650 he went to Cathedral of Chartres before returning to Senlis in March 1652. On April 28, 1653, he was appointed music master of Notre Dame de Paris, replacing Valentin de Bournonville where he remained ten years as head of the maîtrise.[1][2][3] In 1663, Louis XIV chose him with Henry Du Mont to occupy one of the four posts of Assistant Master of the Chapelle Royale. He initially filled this function in conjunction with Thomas Gobert, Gabriel Expilly and Henry Du Mont,though Gobert and Expilly resigned in 1668. Du Mont and Robert developed the grand motet, the characteristic genre of French baroque sacred music. Du Mont and Robert retired in 1682 when Louis XIV relocated the court to Versailles, and a competition was held to find four replacements among thirty five contenders, the four chosen were Michel-Richard Delalande, Pascal Collasse and two minor composers Jean Mignon, and Guillaume Minoret. Among those passed over were Paolo Lorenzani, Guillaume-Gabriel Nivers, Jean-Féry Rebel, Henry Desmarets and Marc-Antoine Charpentier who withdrew from the competition because of illness. Robert died in Paris December 28, 1699 and was buried at Saint-Nicolas-des-Champs.
De Profundis
Period:Baroque
Composed in:1684
Musical form:psalm
Text/libretto:Latin psalm 130 (129) + Introitus of the Requiem mass
Duration:21'47
Label(s):K617 215
The Latin text:
De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine:
Domine, exaudi vocem meam:
Fiant aures tuae intendentes,
in vocem deprecationis meae.
Si iniquitates observaveris, Domine:
Domine, quis sustinebit?
Quia apud te propitiatio est:
et propter legem tuam sustinui te, Domine.
Sustinuit anima mea in verbo eius:
speravit anima mea in Domino.
A custodia matutina usque ad noctem:
speret Israel in Domino.
Quia apud Dominum misericordia:
et copiosa apud eum redemptio.
Et ipse redimet Israel,
ex omnibus iniquitatibus eius.
Gloria Patri, et Filio,
et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper,
et in saecula saeculorum.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.
Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Source:Booklet of cd K617 215