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  • Exhibitions


    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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  • Extramural Exhibitions


    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Festivities and Entertainment

    The infinite variety and ingenuity of entertainment provided at Court.

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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  • Salles Louis XIV


    In prelude to the visit to the Grands Apartements, the restored Louis XIV Rooms are now open.

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  • The Coach Gallery

    Reopening on 10 May 2016

    The collection of coaches will be exhibited in an entirely redesigned space.

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  • Redevelopment of the Pavillon

    A new visitors’reception area

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  • The Queen's State Apartment

    Closed for works

    New visitor tour from 5th January 2016

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  • Versailles in photo in CDG

    A photo exhibition dedicated to the Palace of Versailles organized in the airports of Paris

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  • Restoration and refurnishing

    Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles

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  • The acquisitions of the Palace

    The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles

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  • Archaeology in Versailles

    20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles

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  • Symposiums and workshops

    The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

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  • Concerts in videos

    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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  • Centre de musique baroque

    Missions and program for the musical season

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  • Equestrian Show Academy

    A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas

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  • Versailles Festival 2016

    Versailles Festival 2016

    Concerts, operas, masked balls and shows : discover the programmation.

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The Centre de musique baroque de Versailles




The Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, a unique institution

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 accompanied by lectures,
- 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.

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.

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