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Couperin: Royal Mass

Sunday November 25th 2018
4 pm


Cécile Achille, Virginie Thomas Soprano
Jonathan Spicher Counter Tenor
David Witczak Ground Bass
Frédéric Desenclos Organ

Ensemble Marguerite Louise
Gaétan Jarry Conductor


If François Couperin’s two Masses for Organ are his bequest to the instrument which he played (in the Royal Chapel in Versailles and in Saint-Gervais in Paris), it would be illusory to imagine these suites of compositions for the organ were interpreted outside liturgical services: they alternated with plain-chant and vocal music.

To rediscover the splendour of a Messe Royale pour les Couvents (Royal Mass for convents) as Couperin could have called a service of which he was the sole author, as the King’s organist, Gaétan Jarry has asked Frédéric Desenclos to interpret the "Messe propre pour les Couvents" on the grand organ, keeping for himself at the head of his ensemble Marguerite-Louise, Couperin’s motets for one or several voices, which were the exceptional day-to-day (and the fame) of French cloisters and their young and brilliant soloists…

A concert for two organists, one in the gallery, the other for the continuo, to magnify the sacred, poetic and virtuoso compositions of the great Couperin.


Motets and Mass for the Convents

François Couperin (1668-1733)
Mass for the Convents (extracts)
Laudate pueri
Motet of Saint Suzanne
Motet for Easter Day
Tantum ergo
Salve Regina
Quidat nivem


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Catégorie 3

15€ to 18€
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Catégorie 2

25€ to 30€
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Catégorie 1

34€ to 40€
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Unnumbered seating in the category.

Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility.

To ensure the best welcome possible, people with limited mobility are advised to book their seats by telephone at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89.

REDUCED RATE applicable to under 26s, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people (excluding special company offer).

Holders of the 2 day Chateau de Versailles passport: reduced rate applicable to reservation by telephone only at +33 (0)1 30 83 78 89 or directly on site on the day of the event (subject to availability). 
→ Detailed conditions on the Chateau de Versailles website

In case of any technical problem, the box office service remain available to complete your order by phone at +33 (0)1 40 83 78 89 (Monday-Friday from 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm).

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No cloakroom or bar on site.
Access to site and door opening 30 minutes before the performance.