Category Archives: ballet

Fairy-Tale: Snow Maiden

  As the autumn is rather cold this year I have decided to go on the topic of winter represented in the Russian folk tales. This time it is about a Snow Maiden or Sneg’urochka as we call it. The … Continue reading

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Mercure Galant: Arrival of Messire Contarini, Ambassador of Venice

Esteemed Readers, far in the past visits of foreign Ambassadors & other people of dignity were accompanied with solemnity & the air of celebration too. Here is a little description Mercure Galant gives concerning arrival of the Venetian Ambassador to … Continue reading

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Mercure Galant: Messenger of the Past – January Divertissements 1680

Esteemed Readers, here is another note from the Mercure Galant telling about January feast, taken on occasion of an ordinary Carnival before the Lenten period. The Opera is as always the most preferable pleasure: “…It’s time to tell you about … Continue reading

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Louis XIV as He is: Protector of Arts

Louis XIV had an exceptional art taste. We can see its evidences in various things: in his capacity to be a king-creator, to make an artistic environment wherever he appeared, to make the art in any form  serve France and … Continue reading

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At King’s Service: André Campra

André Campra (1660-1744), perhaps, is not as famous as Jean-Baptiste Lully or Jean-Phillipe Rameau, a genius of Louis XV’s time. However, he made much for the French opera to be in blossom, and he played a very significant role in … Continue reading

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At King’s Service: Michel-Richard Delalande

Michel-Richard Delalande (1657-1726) is another enchanting music spirit of Louis XIV’s time. He was a true virtuoso of mottetti and his music always created a special mood at Royal’s meals. Michel Delalande even composed a set of pieces titled “Music for … Continue reading

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At King’s Service: François Couperin & Family

The Couperin musical family represents another glimpse of the 17th century France. I would say that their music is alike a scented air, rustling trees and  water murmuring, that awake a feeling of a true harmony in our soul. And … Continue reading

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