Heritage sets the tone: 8 venues of heritage to be rediscovered for the Fête de la Musique

Created in 1982, the Fête de la Musique embodies this culture in movement born from the association between art and events. If music soothes people, it also says something about our relationship to the world and to others. True temples dedicated to the arts or hiding places for musicians, the venues heritage and cultural sites also give life to this ritornello. Here are 8 venues heritage sites to explore during the Fête de la Musique.


Step 1: Rendezvous with Gustav Mahler at the La Grange-Fleuret Music Library

Located in an intimate Private Mansion in the heart of the 8th arrondissement, the La Grange-Fleuret Music Library was born from the passion of two music lovers. In 1986, Henry-Louis de La Grange, French musicologist and biographer of Mahler, and Maurice Fleuret, music critic (and initiator of the Fête de la Musique!), decided to join forces to assemble one of the richest collections in Europe dedicated to the Austrian composer.

In a refined decor, this building, entirely renovated in 2021, has lost none of its original cachet. Throughout the elegant elegant salons, scores and autograph manuscripts compose the rich melody of this meeting place between musicians, researchers and the general public. Don't be mistaken: the La Grange-Fleuret Music Library is not only precious archives; spaces for artistic practices and residency studios for researchers and musicians constitute the vibrato of this confidential address.

Stage 2: Royaumont Abbey, an artistic residence in a jewel of Gothic architecture

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Founded in 1228 by Saint-Louis, theAbbey of Royaumont is an exceptional exceptional haven of peace and culture, only a few kilometers from Paris. Nestled in a 7-hectare park, it was a high spiritual place of the Cistercian order and today houses the the first French foundation of public utility with a cultural vocation.

For 55 years, the Foundation and its International Centre for Music and Dance Artists have been working to the deployment of artistic and cultural creation. As a residence for artists and intellectuals, the Abbaye de Royaumont makes culture resonate in all its forms: transmission of knowledge, classical concerts, declamations of contemporary poetry, etc. This abundance is crowned by the famous Royaumont Festival, which takes place every year between October and December.

Stage 3: In the heart of Parisian entertainment, on the stage of the Trianon and the Elysée-Montmartre

At the foot of the Montmartre hill, these two venues embody with panache thespirit of celebration parisien. At theElysée-Montmartre and the Trianonmusic has been resonating since the 19th century.

Cradle of the quadrille and the cancan, theÉlysée-Montmartre and its ballroom, crowned by an imposing metal structure of Eiffel inspiration, made the whole capital dance.

Designed in 1894 by the architect Joseph Cassien-Bernard, designer of the Pont-Alexandre III, the Trianon set the tone for the Belle Époque. Its ballroom and theater received the greatest music hall artists, from Mistinguette to Pierre Dac and Fréhel.

Even today, the Trianon and the Elysée-Montmartre can boast an eclectic program on which blows thespirit of the Parisian nights rock, rap or electro

Step 4: Divine harmony at the Sainte-Chapelle

Built in just seven years (between 1242 and 1248) by Saint Louis in the heart of the Palais de la Cité, the Sainte Chapelle was conceived as a monumental reliquary intended to house the Crown of Thorns of Christ. With its unique set of fifteen high windows through which the light plays admirably with gold and color, the Sainte-Chapelle is a jewel of radiant Gothic architecture classified by UNESCO and a treasure of our national heritage.

Renowned for its exceptional acoustics, the Sainte-Chapelle is well known to music lovers. Great names of the baroque repertoire, such as Marc-Antoine Charpentier, have held the position of Master of Music there. It was here that the composer created some of his most famous pieces, such as the Motet dedicated to Louis XIV.

The Sainte-Chapelle always hosts a rich musical season, during which one can let oneself be transcended by Vivaldi, Handel, Bach or Mozart. And to top it all off, private performances can be held in this unique venue.

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Step 5: The hushed atmosphere of the Jacquemart André Museum's Music Room

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Designed in 1869 by Nélie Jacquemart and Édouard André, this imposing residence in the very chic 8th arrondissement of Paris has always been a precious showcase dedicated to the arts. The couple came from the Grande Bourgeoisie of the Second Empire. An officer under Napoleon III, Édouard collected the finest pieces of silverware, jewelry and ceramics, while Nélie, a seasoned painter, was sensitive to the Italian primitives.

The Music Room of the Jacquemart-André MuseumWith its incredible volumes, the Music Room of the Jacquemart-André Museum was designed to be transformed into a ballroom for sumptuous receptions to which the whole of Paris flocked. The crimson brocade walls, which can be admired during private concerts, bear witness to this brilliant atmosphere.

A place where magic and music intertwine to give rhythm to your receptions.

Step 6 : Suites and interludes in all serenity at the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud

Founded in 1101 in the heart of the Loire Valley by an itinerant monk, Robert d'Arbrissel, who envisioned it as theearthly incarnation of the ideal cityThe Royal Abbey of Fontevraud is, with 13 hectares of buildings and gardens, the largest monastic city in Europe.

Successively fief of Eleanor of Aquitaine, royal abbey for more than 600 years then dreaded prison at the initiative of Napoleon, the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud is today a high place of heritage, culture and art of living in a splendid natural environment and an incredible serenity. 

In the peaceful silence of Fontevraud, music plays its scales in every corner. It can be heard in the Museum of Modern Art, where during the summer, musical evenings are held among the works of Monnet, as well as during concerts under the majestic vaults of the Grand Moutier Cloister.

In this idyllic place, musical creation promises visitors a soothing escape.

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Step 7: Josephine's melancholic song at Château of Malmaison

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The Château of Malmaison is aplace of political as well as artistic memory. Emblematic residence of Napoleon and Josephine's love, Malmaison mixes with refinement the neo-classical aesthetic and the imperial architecture.

A true refuge for Josephine, especially after her divorce, Malmaison was a meeting place for the arts

Once a week, Josephine gave concerts at Malmaison. The artists were seated in the music room, and the audience was seated among the paintings and antiques in the adjoining large gallery.

Joséphine was also enthusiastic about the Lyric art and more particularly for Italian opera. Under her impetus, Malmaison became a privileged place for musical experiments: she gave previews of great operas long before they were performed in Paris.

Josephine's patronage continues to this day to make the arts shine at Malmaison, during evenings or musical strolls in the park she loved so much.

Step 8: The Symphony of Lights at Château in Champs-sur-Marne

Built at a time when people were dreaming of a return to nature, the Château of Champs-sur-Marne symbolizes these elegant pleasure houses inherited from the Age of Enlightenment. Built at the request of Louis XIV's financier, Paul Poisson de Bourvallais, it is a nugget of classical architecture with sumptuous rocaille decorations.

Its richly furnished interior and its Remarkable Gardens of 85 hectares inspired by Le Nôtre were able to welcome Voltaire, Diderot, Chateaubriand and later, Proust and was the scene of multiple concerts, balls and galant parties that have nothing to envy to the Versailles scene. From the music room to the garden, it is a sequence of entertainments and music that continues in the 19th century with the Cahen d'Anvers family, the last owner of the Château

Today, the life of Champs-sur-Marne is punctuated more than ever by musical performances. Dance festival, concerts in the music room or in the orangery, etc. A cultural diversity that one of the most famous patrons of the Enlightenment would not have disowned: the Marquise de Pompadour.

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