Louis XIV's Day

Su. 8 and Mo. 9 July 2018
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Follow Louis XIV during his musical day in the most beautiful sites of Versailles: the Royal Opera and the Royal Chapel, the Hercules Salon, the Hall of Mirrors, Small Apartments and Gardens. 

 

Versailles was built by a sovereign with a passion for arts: music played a major role in all the gestures of power and he took it to an exceptional level in the history of France. He gave new prestige to the King's musicians, endowed Versailles with an elite ensemble of interpreters for religious music in the Royal Chapel and an equally brilliant one for secular music, the King’s Chamber, in parallel with The Music of the Great Stable, who played in the open air.

Encouraging composers such as Lully and Lalande, he implemented new styles in tragic operas (he created the Académie Royale de Musique, ancestor of the Paris Opera) and grand motet (a magnificent French religious style that conquered Europe). More than 140 musicians (and 33 harpsichords!) worked in Versailles at the King's service.

Everywhere and always, music guided Louis XIV's day, from morning to evening, from the ballets he danced to the festivities in the Hall of Mirrors that he so enjoyed, without forgetting hunting or intimate moments in the royal apartments. 
 

For the first time in three centuries, a day of the music created at the time of Louis XIV by his composers. From morning to night, after the royal celebrations, each key moment in the day of the greatest king in the world will be revived in music.

Follow Louis the magnificent in the excessiveness of his royal music, for two exceptional days!


CHOOSE YOUR FORMULA!  

• THE KING'S MORNING (FROM 25€)

11am: THE KING'S LEVER 
Marble Courtyard
Trumpet music by Lully, Lalande and Mouret
Ensemble Marguerite Louise, conductor Gaétan Jarry 

12am: THE KING'S MASS 
Royal Chapel
Motets for the King's Chapel
Michel-Richard de Lalande: Exaltabo te domine
François Couperin: Venite exultemus Domino
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Exaudiat te Dominus
Ensemble Marguerite Louise, conductor Gaétan Jarry 

► Visitors with 2nd and 3rd category tickets have access to the King's Lever and the King's Mass only.


1pm: THE ROYAL HUNT - OPEN AIR LUNCH*
Grove of Apollo's Baths
Hunting and open air music
Ensemble Marguerite Louise, conductor Gaétan Jarry 

2.30pm: MUSICAL FOUNTAINS SHOW
Latona's Parterre and then Ballroom Grove
Trumpet music 
Ensemble Marguerite Louise, conductor Gaétan Jarry 


For visitors with Doge tickets only. Light food and drinks available for visitors with Prestige and 1st category tickets.
 

• THE KING'S EVENING (FROM 58€)

8pm or 9pm: THE KING'S SUPPER
Hercules Salon
Michel-Richard de Lalande: Symphonies for the King's suppers
Le Poème Harmonique, conductor Vincent Dumestre
COCKTAIL DINNER*

9.45pm: CONCERT AT THE ROYAL OPERA
Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Actéon changé en biche (Actaeon turned into a deer) - a hunting opera
Ensemble Marguerite Louise, conductor Gaétan Jarry 

11pm: ROYAL FESTIVITIES IN THE HALL OF MIRRORS
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Turquerie of the Bourgeois Gentilhomme 
Extracts from the Ballet des Nations
Le Poème Harmonique, conductor Vincent Dumestre

FIREWORKS DISPLAY

11.45pm: A LUTE IN THE KING'S BEDCHAMBER
Robert de Visée: pieces for the luth

FAREWELL COCKTAIL IN THE MARBLE COURTYARD*
 

For visitors with Doge tickets only.


• THE KING'S DAY (MORNING + EVENING | FROM 88€)

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Légende: 
  Between 4pm and 6pm, private chamber music concert in the small apartments for the visitors with a Doge "King's Day" ticket. 

DRESS CODE 

Dress elegantly and wear comfortable shoes.

 

Onglets

Casting

Ensemble Marguerite Louise

Gaétan Jarry Conductor


Le Poème Harmonique

Vincent Dumestre Conductor