Le Sacre Royal de Louis XIV - Château de Versailles Spectacles


Sunday 16 October 2022

15:00 to 16:50

1,40 hours without intermission

Location : Chapelle Royale
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Come and see the exceptional spectacle of the coronation of Louis XIV with music in the Chapelle Royale.
After a childhood marked by the death of his father, the political troubles of the kingdom, the authority of his Spanish mother, the paternal presence of an Italian minister worthy heir of Machiavelli, hunger, cold and civil war, on 7 June 1654, in the cathedral of Reims, Louis Dieudonné de Bourbon was crowned King of France.

Reims welcomed this ceremony with all the pomp and circumstance possible: the streets were urgently renovated, accommodation was prepared for the great assembly that was about to take place, bridges were restored, and all sorts of victuals, furniture and tapestries were transported... Reims was to be, for a few days, the centre of a kingdom that was being rebuilt around the sixteen year old king.

The ceremonial is as impressive as that of a theatre: the cathedral of Reims is decorated with tapestries, carpets, stands and a throne on the rood screen; all the great men of the kingdom of France, as well as the sovereigns of Europe, are present and have been in their places since dawn. They all had in mind the Royal Ballet of the Night, in February 1653, whose unheard-of splendour had consecrated "the greatest king in the world" in people's minds. This symbolic and secular coronation was now replaced by a real coronation before God: the gold, the machines and the costumes gave way to the staging of the throne, the sumptuous crown, the ermine, the sceptre and the hand of justice, and the processions of the most prestigious figures in the kingdom, accompanied by volleys of bells and the ringing of oboes.

Although there is no indication of the precise music played on this occasion, a large number of clues can be traced through a meticulous investigation: the course of the ceremony, the texts sung, the different musical groups present, the instruments used, the number of performers, their location in the cathedral and the types of music.

By cross-referencing all this information, mainly from all the reports made by contemporaries, official or not, sometimes extremely detailed, with the musical sources of the time, in particular the Deslauriers Manuscript and the Tours Manuscript, Sébastien Daucé and his ensemble Correspondances propose today, with the precious help of the musicologist Thomas Leconte, a musical coronation of Louis XIV, opening the ears of the music lover of the XXIst century to the polyphonic treasures of past times.
General information
  • Cultural and artistic :
    • Concert
  • Music :
    • Classical music
Château de Versailles Spectacles
Chapelle Royale
Le Sacre Royal de Louis XIV - Château de Versailles Spectacles
  • Spoken language(s) :
    • French


FaresRates periodMinMax
16/10/2022 - 16/10/2022
AdultA l'année27.00€140.00€
Category 3: 27€ to 32€.
Category 2 : 45€ to 54€.
Category 1: 63€ to 76€
Prestige : 103€ to 119€
Prestige VIP: 140€.

PRESTIGE VIP CATEGORY: The best seats in the house, the programme and a free glass of champagne.

PRESTIGE CATEGORY: Very good seats, the programme and a glass of champagne free.

DISCOUNT RATE for people under 26, holders of the Château de Versailles Spectacles card and groups of more than 10 people (except for companies).

For a better reception, we strongly advise people with reduced mobility to reserve their seats by telephone on 01 30 83 78 89.

In case of technical problems, the ticketing team is at your disposal by telephone on 01 30 83 78 89 (Monday to Friday from 11am to 6pm) or on site in our ticket office-boutique (3 bis rue des Réservoirs, 78000 Versailles; Monday to Friday from 11am to 6pm, as well as on Saturdays when the shows are not on the Grandes Eaux Musicales from 2pm to 5pm) to help you make your reservation.


GPS coordinates
Latitude : 48.801408
Longitude : 2.130122
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