Music for Marie-Antoinette



Music for Marie-Antoinette


Les Arts Florissants

Musical direction


Musical direction



Xavier DE MAISTRE, harp

Musical editions:  Bärenreiter & Henle Editions  for  Mozart and Haydn;  Les Arts Florissants (Pascal Duc) for  Krumpholz and Hermann.


Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART - Eine kleine Nachtmusik

Johann Baptist KRUMPHOLZ - Concerto Op 7 in B-flat Major

Joseph HAYDN - Symphonie n.85 in B-flat major "The Queen"

Johann David HERMANN - Concerto in F Major

Mention Marie Antoinette, and inevitably the guillotine springs to mind – one is less likely to think of the harp, which, according to courtiers’ accounts from the end of the Ancien Régime, she played admirably.

Thanks to Louis XVI’s queen and to her Austrian origins, a whole new and deliciously refined repertoire saw the light of day in Versailles, a repertoire that subsequently became known throughout Europe. To celebrate their first musical partnership, William Christie and Xavier de Maîstre have undertaken to revive these splendid works in a program full of charm and surprises. Audiences will discover Les Arts Florissants playing an unexpected collection of concertante pieces by Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz, Johann David Hermann and Joseph Haydn on authentic late 18th-century instruments.

In connexion with this program, the family concert "Marie-Antoinette's harp" offers children, youth and adults to discover the fascinating story of the queen musician.

Previous dates

Season 2015/2016

Versailles / France
Opéra Royal

  • Tuesday, June 28 2016, 8pm
Season 2016/2017

Paris / France
Philharmonie de Paris / Cité de la Musique, Concert hall

  • Monday, November 21 2016, 8.30pm

Vienna / Austria

  • Sunday, November 27 2016, 9.30pm

New York / United States
Alice Tully hall, Lincoln Center

  • Wednesday, March 15 2017, 7.30pm

Brême / Germany
Die Glocke

  • Saturday, March 25 2017, 8pm

Hamburg / Germany

  • Sunday, March 26 2017, 8pm

Würzburg / Germany
Residenz Würzburg

  • Friday, June 30 2017, 7.30pm

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