Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) was a French Baroque composer during the reign of Louis XIV. Charpentier dominated the Baroque musical scene in seventeenth century France because of the quality of his prolific output. He mastered all genres, and his skill in writing sacred vocal music was especially hailed by his contemporaries. One of his most famous works is the main theme from the prelude of his ‘Te Deum’ (H. 146). The theme of this prelude ('Marche en rondeau') is still used today as a fanfare during television broadcasts of the Eurovision Network and the European Broadcasting Union.
French arranger Bruno Peterschmitt transcribed this prelude for a Horn Quartet.