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The “Les Arts Florissants” collection from Les Éditions des Abbesses

Directed by William Christie, the “Les Arts Florissants” collection from Les Éditions des Abbesses is making hitherto unpublished early music works, both sacred and secular and central to the ensemble’s repertoire, available to amateurs and professionnals alike. 

Launched in October 2004, this collection today comprises 9 titles: 5 short operas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, 1 opera by Lully and 3 motets by Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, opening the “French religious music” series

Marc-Antoine Charpentier:
Actéon changé en biche
La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers 
Les Arts florissants
Les plaisirs de Versailles 

Jean-Baptiste Lully:

Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville:
Dominus Regnavi
In Exitu Israël
Magnus Dominus

In forthcoming seasons, the French music series will be developed through the addition of a new work for théâtre by Charpentier and the launch of a series dedicated to secular French music (the first volume of which will be Airs de Michel Lambert (1689)). 

Original editorial criteria are being applied in all the titles in this collection, calling into question current modern practices. The realization of the scores is faithful to the original sources as well as to the basic principles of period notation, allowing each student to form their own interpretation, a prerequisite of this genre of music. 

The scholarly edition of all the volumes in the “Les Arts Florissants” collection is overseen by a committee chaired by William Christie and Fannie Vernaz and made up of specialists, musicians, musicologists, translators and editors (John Powell, Sébastien Daucé, Catherine Massip, Benoît Hartoin, Pascal Duc etc.). 

The honorary committee of the collection comprises H. Wiley Hitchcock †, Andrew Parmley and Dominique Visse. 

The first six volumes of this collection were published between 2004 and 2010 with the support of the Fondation Louis D. of the Institut de France. 

New series of illustrated booklets at Éditions des Abbesses, « Les Arts Florissants » collection

The Éditions des Abbesses and Les Arts Florissants inaugurate a new collection of illustrated booklets, with Actéon l'indiscret chasseur. 

In this tale drawn from Ovid's Metamorphoses, the librettist expresses various emotions through a succession of moods. 

For further information, or to buy scores or booklets : 

Éditions des Abbesses
71, rue Boursault
75017 Paris - France
Tél. : 01 44 85 05 10 / 06 12 32 34 34
New website:

Les Jardins de William Christie Book 

This book, published in August 2014, and co-published by the Centre vendéen de recherches historiquees, Les Jardins de Musique de William Christie en Vendée and Les Arts Florissants, can prepare or accompany the visit of this place that hosts the annual festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie.

A visit of William Christie’s extraordinary gardens at his seventeenth-century Vendée home, in the company of French, British, and American guides, experts in the fields of gardening, art and architectural history, and landscape design.
Enjoy the delights and discover the secrets of this earthly paradise, the fruit of thirty years’passion and dedication from the founder of Les Arts Florissants.

Buy the book Les Jardins de William Christie