This size of orchestra presents a great theatrical dimension because the different voices embody biblical parts (the Soul, Jesus, the Man…) successively.
The Meditations pour le Carême by Charpentier have been saved from forgetfulness by Sébastien de Brossard. This great musician and collector had a very important musical library, with bought or copied sheets. He actually copied the Meditations by Charpentier ; that is the only version that survived. His library was filled with French music, but also by German and Italian music, which he particularly liked. His music is a mix of the different European styles, as « melted tastes » (as Francois Couperin would have said).