The Longer He Lived the More He Remembered


The older he got, the better he remembered. The aging Louis XIV was helping his musicians to resurrect the music for the Court Library. Some of pieces went back to the days when he was a teenager.  Restoring the music brought back memories.

Henry Desmarest was a young promising composer at the Versailles Royal Chapel who had got a seventeen-year-old girl pregnant and then fled with her to avoid the sentence. Consequently Desmarest was accused of both statutory rape and kidnapping, no trifling matter and punishable by death.

Desmarest musical career continued outside of France. There his work earned quite a bit of recognition. When restoring the old pieces, Desmarest’s former colleagues at the Royal Chapel decided to slip a motet composed by him into their repertoire, and they thought it prudent not to mention the author. After the performance, the old king had addressed his musicians in person, saying that he had been missing Henry more than anyone, but could not pardon the composer for the crime committed.


About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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