Category Archives: Life

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: Jean-Baptiste Lully

Any great reign creates a great epoch that is made by great nations formed from great people. Louis XIV’s time is not an exception. Some personalities became great thanks to the period, while other ones were distinguished by the king … Continue reading

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Louis XIV Asks Riddles V

Esteemed Readers! I’m very happy to announce that the last riddle was guessed out by most of you! So, my congratulations! (John, a Louis XIV’s desk is waiting for you :-)). EYES is the right answer. Here it is time … Continue reading

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Mercure Galant: Messenger of the Past – Various Occasions

The same edition brought to light not only the Court events. All what was happening in France & in the neighbourhood was in sight. Any month was full of various interesting events. Here are two of the kind. They are … Continue reading

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Mercure Galant – Messenger of the Past: Mascarade in Marly 1700

It is impossible to speak about Louis XIV’s feast without mentioning great & mysterious Divertissements held in Marly. The French Revolution destroyed this little gem built near Versailles, but the spirit & grandeur of events taken place there would remain … Continue reading

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Mercure Galant-Messenger of the Past-Carnival 1683

Mercure Galant published plenty of information about Venice’s Carnivals every year. However those arranged at the Court were no less solemn, magnificent & entertaining. Here is an abstract about Carnival 1683 took place at Versailles: “…I pass to Divertissements that … Continue reading

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Ballet de la Nuit in words

Besides rare gems of choreography & music, ballets of Louis XIV’s time were distinguished with sophisticated texts, costumes & special effects, including movable mechanisms, fire-works and amazing stage scenery. I have translated some pieces of a monologue recited by His … Continue reading

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