Charpentier’s Te Deum
1 Place Léon Gambetta, 78000 Versailles
Capacity 800 seats
For all audiences
Highlights: Charpentier’s Te Deum
Everybody’s familiar with Eurovision, but are you familiar with the man behind its theme tune? The iconic brass and percussion motet was the brainchild of one of France’s most prominent baroque composers, Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Now discover that motet, from the prelude of his Te Deum in full at the Royal Chapel of Versailles! Composed between 1688 and 1698, this great piece has survived the passage of time, and now we invite you to hear it in the magnificent and renowned Royal Chapel of Versailles, where the golden colonnades will be ringing.
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Story: Charpentier’s Te Deum
Marc-Antoine Charpentier est un des plus grands compositeurs de musique baroque français avec Lully. Il est connu pour ses très nombreuses œuvres et la puissance de sa musique. Vous reconnaîtrez sans doute dans le Te Deum un mélange d’influences françaises et italiennes. Laissez-vous porter par cette musique qui parle au cœur et saura vous émouvoir à la Chapelle royale de Versailles ! Les vrais chefs-d'œuvre traversent le temps sans une ride !
Premium option & experience
Looking for more than a standard ticket to the show? To make your experience an unforgettable one, you will be able to choose this exclusive offer at the time of booking:
Champagne + Programme + Show
This offer includes a glass of champagne and a printed programme, as well as exclusive access to the best two seating categories.
Royal Chapel of Versailles
The Royal Chapel of Versailles
If buildings could talk, what would they say? Certainly, the Royal Chapel of Versailles could tell a tale or two! After all, it was the venue for the marriage between the last king and queen of France: Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The chapel’s construction was completed in 1710 during the reign of Louis XVI’s great-great-great-grandfather, Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King. It was the fifth and final chapel to be built at the Palace of Versailles, and it was consecrated to Saint Louis, the patron saint of the king, as well as one of the king’s ancestors.
The architecture itself references this lineage, through several similarities with the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, which Saint Louis had founded, as well as in the emblazoned double-L motif on the altar symbolizing the saint, and the Sun King together. The vaulted ceiling of the Royal Chapel of Versailles was constructed by Hardouin-Mansart, without the use of transvers ribs, in order to create a vast, uninterrupted depiction of the Holy Trinity, above the heads of the congregation. For decades, this painting would look down on the French Royal Family as they took their daily mass, an event which became renowned across Europe for its use of music, played on a huge organ designed by Cliquot.
The Royal Chapel of Versailles also incorporates classical-inspired designs in its impressive colonnades, which we have come to associate with the Neoclassical boom of the 18th century, however, the chapel’s construction was completed long before the movement really came to prominence, showing that its architects were truly ahead of their time. Since the chapel’s deconsecration in the 19th century, it has become a go-to venue for classical concerts, and so it should be, having been the epicenter of European music in centuries gone by. What better place to experience the history of music!
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Handicap Accessible: Yes
Air conditioning: No