Les Pages du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
(Conductor Olivier Schneebeli)
Sébastien Daucé Conductor
After a childhood marked by the death of his father, disorders in the kingdom, the authority of his Spanish mother, the fatherly presence of a Machiavellian Italian minister, hunger, cold and civil war, on June 7th 1654, Louis Dieudonné de Bourbon was crowned king of France in the Reims cathedral.
Reims welcomed this ceremony with all the pomp required: the streets were urgently renovated, lodgings were prepared for the large assembly, bridges restored, all sorts of victuals, furniture and tapestries shipped…Reims would for a few days become the centre of a kingdom rebuilding itself around a young 16-year-old king.
The ceremonial was impressive, theatrical even, the Reims cathedral bedecked with tapestries, carpets, tribunes, and a throne on the jube; all grandees of the Kingdom of France and many European sovereigns were present from dawn in their place. All remembered the Ballet Royal de la Nuit performed in February 1653, and the incredible magnificence that had signaled “the greatest king in the universe” to all. The symbolic and secular coronation was followed by a religious coronation before God: gilt, stage machinery and costumes giving place to the staging of the throne, the magnificent crown, ermines, scepter and hand of justice, processions of the kingdom’s most powerful figures, with pealing bells and sounding oboes.
No information remains of the music precisely played on this occasion, however a thorough investigation reveals many clues: the unfolding of the ceremony, the texts sung, the different bodies of musicians present, the instruments used, the number of interpreters, their placement in the cathedral and the types of music.
By crossing all this information, mainly gathered from contemporaries’ accounts, some official, some not, sometimes remarkably detailed, with musical sources of the time, notably the Manuscrit Deslauriers and the Manuscrit de Tours, Sébastien Daucé and his ensemble Correspondances propose today, with the help of the musicologist Thomas Leconte, the coronation of Louis XIV in music, bringing polyphony treasures of the past to 21st century music lovers.
Louis XIV’s Coronation
Works by Moulinié, Boësset, Philidor
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COMBINED TICKET: Saturday June 15th, Louis XIV's Coronation (7 pm) in Catégorie 1 + The Night Fountains Show (entrée simple - 8.30 pm) for 79€ instead of 111€ with the rate named "Concert + Grandes Eaux Nocturnes" !
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