The Lure and Legacy of Music at Versailles
Louis XIV and the Aix School
$24.00 ( ) USD
- Author: John Hajdu Heyer, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Adobe eBook Reader
Looking for an examination copy?
If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact email@example.com providing details of the course you are teaching.
Louis XIV and his court at Versailles had a profound influence on music in France and throughout Europe. In 1660 Louis visited Aix-en-Provence, a trip that resulted in political and cultural transformations throughout the region. Soon thereafter Aix became an important center of sacred music composition, eventually rivaling Paris for the quality of the composers it produced. John Hajdu Heyer documents the young king's visit and examines how he and his court deployed sacred music to enhance the royal image and secure the loyalty of the populace. Exploring the circle of composers at Aix, Heyer provides the most up-to-date and complete biographies in English of nine key figures, including Guillaume Poitevin, André Campra, Jean Gilles, François Estienne, and Antoine Blanchard. The book goes on to reveal how the history of political power in the region was reflected through church music, and how musicians were affected by contemporary events.Read more
- The first study in English to focus on the important music center of Aix-en-Provence in southern France
- Integrates the history of Louis XIV's incursion in Provence with the musical developments that followed
- Sheds light on the institution of the French choir school, its leadership, its functions, and the day-to-day life of the choirboys
Reviews & endorsements
"Every knowable fact, beginning with the names of the choirboys and their teachers, is presented in loving detail. Thanks to the archives of the cathedral chapter, and those of the Aixois notaries, John Hajdu Heyer brings to life the religious musical culture of the most prestigious musique in Provence, as it was lived during a golden age of French music, the classical age … [He] rightly draws on the research of other scholars, and a lot of his own, to bring together what can be known about a major moment in musical culture, far from Paris and Versailles."
Orest Ranum, Panat Times blog (ranumspanat.com)See more reviews
"… a fascinating study, the first of its kind in English, of the role of the maître de musique and of the functioning of the maîtrise … this book performs an invaluable service … John Hajdu Heyer, after a lifetime’s experience of researching this area, has abundantly demonstrated what a fruitful subject it is for investigation …"
Graham Sadler, Early Music
"… the most comprehensive source of biographical information in English, or indeed in any language, on most of the composers discussed here. … essential reading for existing specialists in the field."
Shirley Thompson, Music and Letters
'[John] Hajdu Heyer's study is a major contribution to the study of the grand motet, a richly documented, generous book that opens up the field for those who wish to pursue the lines of inquiry he has initiated … the study more generally provides a fascinating insight into the background and training of a number of under-appreciated composers - Campra in particular - who had an outsized influence in Paris. The volume should be of interest to all those who work on sacred music in France and to all scholars interested in Parisian interactions with the provinces.' Peter Bennett, Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- Date Published: October 2014
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316120996
- contains: 14 b/w illus. 4 tables 23 music examples
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
Foreword Lionel Sawkins
Part I. Rendezvous in Provence:
1. The winter of 1660: Louis XIV and the royal court visit Provence
2. A choirboy and his king: the early life of Guillaume Poitevin
Part II. The Aix School: A Legacy of Maîtres:
3. Guillaume Poitevin: maître of Saint-Sauveur
4. André Campra: an extraordinary career
5. Jean Gilles: an independent spirit
6. The 'petits maîtres'
7. Antoine Blanchard: the eighteenth-century master
Part III. The Lure and Legacy:
8. The lure of music at Versailles and the Île-de-France
9. Patronage and the Provençal networks
10. The legacy of the Aix School
Sorry, this resource is locked
Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email firstname.lastname@example.orgRegister Sign in
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×