Grand Century is one of the richest in the history of France, which takes place during the reign of Louis XIV period. The seventeenth century is so called because during this period the great kingdom of France dominates or, failing that, lasting brand in Europe and even the world, thanks to its powerful army but also and especially by its very important cultural influence: indeed all the courts of Europe in search of radiation, whether royal or princely, take to the court of the model "Sun King" and its attributes, such as language, art and French literature.
The Palace of Versailles (// vair-sy or // vər-sy; French: [vɛʁˈsɑj]), or simply Versailles, is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. In French it is the Château de Versailles.
Louis XIV (5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1643 until his death. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of monarchs of major countries in European history.
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The 17th Century, the Sun King (Kings, Artists, Timeline ...)
Jean-Baptiste Lully French pronunciation: [ʒã.ba.tist ly.li]; Italian: Giovanni Battista Lulli; 28 November 1632 – 22 March 1687) was a Florentine-born French composer who spent most of his life working in the court of Louis XIV of France. He is considered the chief master of the French baroque style. Lully disavowed any Italian influence in French music of the period. He became a French subject in 1661.
Giovanni Battista Lulli was born in Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany, to a family of millers. His general education and his musical training during his youth in Florence remain uncertain, but his adult handwriting suggests that he manipulated a quill pen with ease. He used to say that a Franciscan friar gave him his first music lessons and taught him guitar. He also learned to play the violin. In 1646, dressed as Harlequin during Mardi Gras and amusing bystanders with his clowning and his violin, the boy attracted the attention of Roger de Lorraine, chevalier de Guise, son of Charles, Duke of Guise, who was returning to France and was looking for someone to talk Italian with his niece, Mademoiselle de Montpensier (la Grande Mademoiselle). Guise took the boy to Paris, where the fourteen year-old entered Mademoiselle's service; from 1647 to 1652 he served as her "chamber boy" (garçon de chambre). He probably honed his musical skills by working with Mademoiselle's household musicians and with composers Nicolas Métru, François Roberday and Nicolas Gigault. The teenager's talents as a guitarist, violinist, and dancer quickly won him the nicknames "Baptiste", and "le grand baladinline-height: 19.200000762939453px;">" (great street-artist).
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The music played for kings, the court has always expressed the feelings, emotions and ideals of the time, the time for them, composers have created works for their awakenings their meals, their amusements, here a few below:
The music in Renaissance times (1400-1500-1600)
The festivities and dances
♣ The Castle of Versailles
♣ Mirors and Versailles
♣ The water tower Castle
♣ The astronomical clock of the Caste
♣ Maps of the kingdom