Jean-Baptiste Lully: A Voyage to Siam

Louis XIV developed rather successful international policy. The great kingdoms of Asia were one of his targets. He managed to establish very good & fruitful relationship with China, India & the Kingdom of Siam (Thailand) as well.

The decade 1680-1690 meant an intense collaboration with the Siamese realm. His Majesty admired with its monarch Phra Narai, so he made necessary efforts to become his friend through the French ambassadors. During this period France sent five embassies to Siam while the Siamese envoys were gloriously recieved in Versailles. The integration between two countries was based on political, economical & cultural interests. And here Jean-Baptiste Lully’s music played a role of a positive diplomatic massage.

During a visit in 1686 the Siamese ambassadors invited Lully to dine with them. Then the composer, musicians & ballet dancers made a long voyage to Siam to perform before their king Phra Narai.

In 1690 a revolt took place in the magnificent Asian kingdom. King Phra Narai died, while his successor a covetous king Phetracha didn’t desire to reinforce the French-Siamese relationship.

Music breaks borders. It unites cultures & people. Jean-Baptiste Lully’s case proves it again & again.

Vive le Roy!:-)

Maria Kethuprofumo

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Tom Jobim For Cinema: Orfeu Negro/The Black Orpheus

Esteemed Readers, some time ago I mentioned the movie that brought Bossa Nova to success & made it popular. Today I would like to tell you about it.

Made by Marcel Camus “Orfeu Negro/The Black Orpheus” (1959) is a Brazilian vision of the Greek myth about Orpheus & Eurydice. It is based on the play “Orfeu da Conceiçao” written by Vinicius de Moraes earlier.

The scene is set in a favela of Rio de Janeiro during the Carnival. Escaping from a mysterious man Eurydice comes to Rio to stay in a house of her cousin. She is very frightened as does not who this mysterious person is & why he chases her. There she meets Orpheus, a handsome you man playing the guitar, who is the groom of an attractive but jealous Mira. They fall in love from the first sight. Then the story reveals us mysterious essence of the Brazilian carnival, jealousy of Mira & appearing of the mysterious man, who is an allegoric personification of Death in this story. The spirit of narration becomes rather dark & turns into a thriller. In the end, Eurydice dies & the modern Orpheus must come down to the modern kingdom of the Dead to find her…

I do recommend you, Esteemed Readers, to watch this poetic tragedy as it is a rare gem of the classical cinema. Here is the English link.  Enjoy the movie!

Maria KethuProfumo

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Domine Salvum Fac Regem

Esteemed Readers, I present you another splendid spiritual composition by Jean-Baptiste Lully. It is called “Domine, Salvum Fac Regem”. The first text was written in Italian in 1658 & translated in French. This motet served as the official hymn in France of Louis XIV’s time.

The Latin text: 

Domine salvum fac regem
et exaudi nos in die qua invocaverimus te.
Gloria Patri et Filio,
et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat in principio
et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum.

English translation:

Lord, save our King
and hear us in the day in which we shall call upon Thee.
Glory to the Father and the Son,
and the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning
and it is now, and it shall be, for ever without end.

Vive le Roy!😊😊😊

Maria KethuProfumo

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Tom Jobim: Lígia

Esteemed Readers,  today I present you a wonderful poetic song by Tom Jobim dedicated to his muse Lygia Marina de Moraes. Our minstrel composed this masterpiece in 1972.

Enjoy listening! 😀🌹🌴

Maria KethuProfumo

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Mercure Galant: Louis XIV Travels to Luxembourg VI

Esteemed Readers, no restrictions threaten our historical journey. So, we are still accompanying His Majesty to the blessed city of Luxembourg. I would like to inform you that we have already passed more than 60% of the way, and have reached Châlons-sur-Marne, a wonderful picturesque city in Champagne.

“The King entered Châlons riding & was welcomed by the Major & the Magistrates. There was no oration as he had to give orders for all other places (he was going to move farther), where he would pass by…but he was pleased to recieve Gifts of the City. The Chapter of the Cathedral together with Mr. the Bishop of Châlons had an honour to salute him. The Canons praised the Monarch’s gentleness & affability & they spoke of it without ceasing…

Mr. Duke of Noailles & the Bishop of Châlons his Brother ordered  to lay plenty of magnificent Tables for any person of the Court who wished to meal there. Le Jare (town) offered them a great stroll lasted for several hours…At Le Jare an incredible amount of people, who came from any place of Champagne, gathered to welcome the King warm-heartedly. The chief Officers of Troyes City arrived to Châlons. It took them 20 lieues to obtain honour to greet the Monarch. The Ladies of the Province were rather sad due to the order that allowed only few of them who were enlisted to supper with His Majesty…(On his behalf) the King had the kindness to promise them to permit their free presence the next day in the Church Choir where they would have (enough) time to behold His Majesty & the Whole Court during the Mass. (Comment: in Louis XIV’s time to behold the king was a great wish for any Subject of his. It explains why the Almanach highlights it so much). The music of the Cathedral performed a Motet which seemed to make the King contented. Mr. the Bishop Count of Châlons & Mr. Duke of Noailles always accompanied the King while his staying in the city…”To be continued.

The previous parts for newcomers:

The Voyage, Part I:

The Voyage, Part II:

The Voyage, Part III:

The Voyage, Part IV:

The Voyage, Part V:

PS. Painting by Claude Lorrain

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Marie KethuProfumo

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La Gazette in 2020: Samhain & Historical News Today

Esteemed Readers, Happy Samhain in the present & in the past! I looked through La Gazette 1632 seeking for some curiosités on the topic, however I discovered only some ordinary War news I’m glad to share with you. For those of you who join this section for the first time I remind that we are yet in the period of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). The given year is 1632. A true Halloween is everywhere & every day!

(Kingdom of) Naples, 26th October, 1632: “Near Arienzo most houses have been rebuilt after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which goes on. Its lava stream has destroyed plenty of trees. Besides, two heads of exiles killed in Salerno were brought & exhibited to the public. The last one had to recognize those who called themselves their princes. The Spanish Church of Saint John closed & prohibited due to a quarrel happened there was open & re-consecrated not long ago”.

Rome, 30th October, 1632: “To reward Prince Savelli’s services the Emperor (Ferdinand II) established a new Signoria in Italy with prerogatives similar to a principality of the (Holy Roman) Empire, and he gave a title to Signor Bernardin, Prince Savelli’s son”.

“Velletri town has ordered a very beautiful bronze statue representing His Holiness by Chevalier Bernini costed three thousand escus to place it on their huge square”.

“Two Christian slaves sailed a ship to Civita-Vecchia loaded with goods valued two thousand escus, which the Turkish pirates has captured earlier”.

Venice, 1st November, 1632: “Our Commissars cannot come to an agreement about our borders with the Pope. So, we have to discuss the issue again with His Holiness. Not long ago he made Jean Baptiste Grimaldi, a brother of his Extraordinary Nuncio, visit all the fortresses belonging to the Ecclesiastic State. The Council of Ten ordered Esteemed G. Benedetto Bembo & other thirty persons to accompany him”.

The life goes on! Happy Samhain! Happy Fullmoon!🎃🎃🎃😉

Maria KethuProfumo 

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Soviet Movie Café: Viy The Soviet Horror 1967

Esteemed Readers, Samhain is coming, so I thought about something really spooky this year. Besides, there will be an incredible full moon that day, so we might dedicate a post to the Soviet horror. Strangely enough the Soviet cinema did not make movies of the kind. The “Vij” I present you today is a lucky exception (for those of you who are fond of this genre).  I suppose that it had some political reason behind. A Soviet man had to be happy with his reality & each movie had to convince him in what a wonderful world he lived. Horror movies were something completely extravagant.

The “Vij” is based on the horror story by Nikolaj Vasilievich Gogol, our famous, unique & first author who dared to write in this genre. Gogol’s literary style is so particular that he is able to make frightened even experienced amateurs of such stories. In accordance with our mythology Vij is a spirit of Evil, who brings the death. He is alike the Spirit of the Down World who comes to the new dead to welcome them, however if he meets an alive person, he will take one with him.

The plot so far: “Khoma Brute, a seminary student, with his friends stay in a farm-house of an old woman. The last one tries to seduce Khoma but he refuses & runs away from her. She jumps on his back, rides him giving to comprehend that she is a witch. Khoma fights with her. The witch pretends to die & turns into a beautiful maiden. In the morning Khoma & his friends return back to the seminary. The Rector begs him to perform a funeral service over a daughter of a rich merchant died that very night. When Khoma reaches the place he discovers that the girl is the witch he fought with. He will have to spend three terrible nights in a house alone with a dead young maiden-witch accompanied with Vij & his servants…If his Faith is strong enough to survive such a great evil?”

I have discovered the original version with the English subtitles. However, this genre might not need them.

Enjoy it, Esteemed Readers!

Maria KethuProfumo

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Louis XIV Asks Riddles X

Esteemed Readers, here is another riddle of Louis XIV’s time. It is dedicated to delicious food…popular at that time. I might say that this very dish is yet in trend, especially in the Asian cuisine. Good luck!

“Alike a long snake I crawl. My body is curved & wrinkled, although I’m so esteemed that I might be served to a Queen. In the day time I hide myself in a cave, and at night I go out”.

REPLY to the Riddle posted on August 24, 2020: GLASSES 😊

Cara Fulvialuna, nonostante la traduzione, sei vincintrice! Evviva!!!

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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Tom Jobim: Dindi

“Dindi” is another golden hit & bossa nova standard composed by Tom Jobim in 1959. It is dedicated to a place named Dirindi where the composer & his devoted friend Vinicius de Moraes used to go. It is another masterpiece praising nature, beauties of Brasil veiled with a certain music theme of saudade/sadness.

The piece reminds of a river current flowing leisurely somewhere in the depth of the selva. It expresses a particular profound connection between the nature & its sounds Tom Jobim managed to reveal us in his eternal composition.

Maria KethuProfumo

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Jean-Baptiste Lully: Bourrée

Esteemed Readers, here is another wonderful vigorous composition by Jean-Baptiste Lully. The origin of the bourrée as a folk dance comes to the Medieval times & the region Auvergne. This is a very energetic performance & I recommend you to try. 😊 As we know, Louis XIV adapted many popular dances to the Court life, showing his respect to France & its rich cultural tradition. So, the bourrée was one of its hits.

This one is a piece from the Baroque Opera “Le Mariage Forcé” 1664 created by Moliére & Jean-Baptiste Lully for His Majesty.

Vive le Roy!😊

Painting: Nicolas Lancret

Maria KethuProfumo


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