Category Archives: Beauty

Mercure Galant: Messenger of the Past – New Year 1678

It might seem odd, Esteemed Readers, however the 17th century French did not celebrate Christmas & New Year. Fabulous celebrations with Christmas trees, presents & Santa Claus appeared only in the 19th century, on the eve of the Progress Age. … Continue reading

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Louis XIV Asks Riddles VIII

Esteemed Readers, here is a new allegoric enigma for your pleasure. This time it is dedicated to something really precious for everybody: We have no life of our own and if we are born, we become an ornament of masterpieces … Continue reading

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Samhain at the French Court

The Eve of Samhain or Samain, as the French name it, calls to ponder upon its celebrating at Louis XIV’s Court. The Celtic traditions were strong yet at that historical period, so we might suppose that the Court also took … 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: Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) is a genius of spiritual music of Louis XIV’s time. He is an example of a perfect composer who was able to create profound compositions for various instruments. He was highly appreciated and recognized by his contemporaries and … 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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