Ensemble Soleil




 “Music, Medicine and Politics

at the Versailles Court”


A Performance Art Event including live music of the

Renaissance and Baroque, multiple images

on large screens, and narration


October 4, 1998

at 8:00 pm at Sawyer Arts Center

Colby-Sawyer College


October 6, 1998

at 8:00 pm at the Newport Opera House




A project of

Ensemble Soleil with Colby-Sawyer College,

New  Hampshire Humanities Council,

and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts




Music:              LeClair, Deuxieme Recreation de Musique


Images:            Louis XIV medallion, Credits


Music:              Forlane (with dancer Maris Wolff)

Images:             Period engravings of fetes at court

                        Sarabande, Badinage

Images:            Louis XIV, The protector of the academies

                        Louis XIV at Gobelins tapestry workshop


Music:              Chaconne, Tambourin

Images:             Martin, Early View of Versailles (1668)

                        Patel, View of the chateau from beyond the  Orangery



Images:             Three images of musicians

                        Tournieres, Trio sonata (group of musicians)

                        Court dance on a patio

Music:              Le Sieur de Ste Colombe, Tombeau Les Regrets. 

Images:             Martin, The basin of Apollo and the grand canal



Images:             Views of the Salpetriere Hospital; images of period

                        medical practices; an apothecary; A visit to the doctor (anon.)

                        Rivoulon, The first operation for the stone

                        Hogarth, The reward for cruelty (2 images)

Music:              Marin Marais, Tableau de l’Operation de la Taille.



Images:             de Largilliére, Louis and his family

                        Testelin, Louis at the establishment of the Academy of Sciences

                        Van der Meulen The entry of Louis and Marie-Thérèse into Arras

                        (Louis and his brother on horseback);  Rigaud, portrait of Louis XIV


Music:              François Couperin, La Sultane. 

Images:             photographs of the Queen’s staircase and the Galerie des Glaces

Epilogue:           photographs of the grounds of Versailles



Images courtesy of :

Agence Photographique de la reunion des musees nationaux

U.S. National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD  



Glimpses in Time are Performance Art Events which integrate live music, slide images of period paintings and sculpture projected on large screens, and narration.  The narration includes description, period writings, and commentary on history and aesthetics. Glimpses in Time is an original concept created by Peter Tourin for Ensemble Soleil, Artists-in-Residence at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, New Hampshire.  The script for this performance was created by Jean Twombly.  Copyright by Ensemble Soleil 1997.  All rights reserved


This program was also performed at St. Michael's College in January 23, 2000.  Performers included Directors Peter Tourin, viola da gamba, Jean Twombly, Baroque violin, Baroque Dancer, Maris Wolff, Viola da gambist Joelle Morton, Violinist Guiomar Turgeon and Harpsichordist Margaret Angelini.  Narrations were in French and English and written by Dr. Donald Beecher.