André Le Nôtre in perspectives
Exhibition in the Africa rooms
Discover the forthcoming exhibitions of the palace of Versailles
Equestrian Show Academy
A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas
Centre de musique baroque
Missions and program for the musical season 2012 - 2013
Shows at Versailles
Operas, concerts and ballets: discover the programme
Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles
Palace History Gallery
Opening of the Palace History Gallery of Versailles
A year to celebrate Le Nôtre
In 2013, the Palace of Versailles is paying tribute to André Le Nôtre, the creator of the gardens.
Versailles the other visit
A web-documentary about the unknown objects of Versailles.
The Water Theatre grove
A contemporary garden for the Water Theatre grove
Versailles in comic strip form
A co-edition palace of Versailles/Glénat
The Gabriel Chandelier
Installation of the Gabriel Chandelier, first permanent contemporary artwork
The acquisitions of the Palace
The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles
Archaeology in Versailles
20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles
Symposiums and workshops
The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles
Restoration and refurnishing
Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles
Restoration of the Belvedere
Restoration of the Belvedere and the Rock in the Estate of Marie-Antoinette.
Official opening of the restored and refurnished Mercury Salon
Restoration of the Latona Fountain
The apartments of Mesdames
Re-opening of the the newly restored and refurnished apartments of Mesdames
French music, which had a deep influence on all of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, invented a series of genres with daring forms that make up the richness of this heritage: court airs, court ballet, comedy-ballet, musical tragedy, opera-ballet, long and short motets, comic opera, etc. The names of Rameau, Charpentier, Lully, Bouzignac, Marais, Campra, Mondonville, Dauvergne and Grétry testify, alongside many others, to the extraordinary artistic ferment of this period.
However, this rich musical heritage was largely forgotten after the French Revolution and throughout the 19th century. It was not until Debussy and Saint-Saëns brought a fresh way of interpreting it that a school of French musicology developed in the 20th century and prepared in the 1980s the emergence of the “baroque renewal” movement, one of whose principal characteristics was playing this music on ancient instruments.
Emblematic of this movement, the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles (CMBV) was founded in 1987, with a simple key purpose: to reunite several musical skills and lines of study in order to rediscover and develop the French heritage of the 17th and 18th centuries, through research, publications, training and the production of concerts.
Hôtel des Menus Plaisirs © CMBV / P.Grosbois
These recent years, the CMBV has a reinforced its traditional remits and now centres its role around the following actions:
- programming a thematic season of concerts and shows (“Grandes journées”) accompanied by lectures (“Rencontres des Menus-Plaisirs”),
- the launch of major restoration and performance programmes such as the re-formation of the “Vingt-quatre Violons du roi” (the King’s Twenty-Four Violins) and the construction of painted canvas stage sets for opera and lyrical productions,
- carrying out in-depth research by processing ancient sources, undertaking new research themes and organising conferences,
- providing in its choir school initial vocal training and higher professional training,
- production of auditions (“Jeudis musicaux de la Chapelle royale”) and concerts by the Pages & des Chantres, a French-style choir formed in its choir school and associating the voices of children and adults,
- publication of scientific scores (critical editions), scores intended for groups and conservatories (practical editions), scientific studies accompanying the musical season, and digital resources.
By the singularity of its mission and the complementarity of its actions, the CMBV has become both at national and international level a key player in the rediscovery and development of the French musical heritage of the 17th and 18th centuries.
For the season 2012 - 2013, the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles has chosen to evoke the full variety of the French musical heritage of the 17th and 18th centuries, with operas, ballets and religious works, in three distinct cycles.
The CMBV turns again to this major composer of the 17th century by reviving several of his finest religious music works (short motets, sacred stories, etc.).
The Art of dance
The CMBV reviews the history of this specifically French art from the court ballet of the reign of Louis XIII to the ‘action’ ballet of the late 18th century, a genre which announces the grand classical ballet of the 19th century.
French opera during the Enlightenment
With this cycle of works by Sacchini, Gossec, Gluck and others, the CMBV revives these lyrical splendours of the grand theatre of Versailles on the eve of the Revolution.
The Centre de musique baroque de Versailles is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Communication (General Department of Artistic Creation), the Public Establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles, the Conseil Régional d’Ile-de-France, the Conseil Général des Yvelines and the Municipality of Versailles.