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I've hired MA's favourite little "chateau" for a June summer party for us all. Please let me know if you're coming and what you'll be wearing as well as ideas on food, entertainment, and how you think the evening should best be organized, the "déroulement" of the evening.

P.S. Just in case please note that this is make believe...!

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Tue Mar 20, 2007 11:34 am
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Ah, I would certainly take up an invite for the real thing! :wink: En gaulle may be the fashion here, or maybe not as formal as the court, but not too dressed up?


Tue Mar 20, 2007 11:44 am
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What a great idea Baron!

I'll be there with bells on...and with the hairstyles they had back then that's probably possible!

A dress like this. Nice flower theme there.

I'd bring along some sort of cheese plate, since cheese is my favourite!

As for what to do...there has to be some fireworks involved, as an Sydneysider we love our fireworks. :) And some sort of game....did they have boules back then? I've played Boules before, it's fun! (Although, how I'd play it in my dress is a question, :lol:)

I look forward to seeing other people's ideas, too.

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Tue Mar 20, 2007 11:49 am
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I'll come! I am gonna make my own dress and hire Monsieur Leonard to do my hair. Has anyone seen a preview of the menu?

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Tue Mar 20, 2007 12:32 pm
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I'll be there too, baron. :D What a great idea!
If we stay the night, maybe the next day, before we split up, we could go to her little theatre and watch a performance. Maybe an opera by Gluck?

Monsieur Léonard will be busy, because I want him to do my hair too, Moose. :D

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Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:15 pm
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I am actually interested in hearing Gluck now because I gather he came in for quite a lot of criticism when he toured France under Marie Antoinette's patronage. Fraser seems to think that his style was not what the French were used to so I'd like to know what it sounded like and why it was considered so different.

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Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:18 pm
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I have always been a big fan of Mozart, but yesterday I listened to Gluck on iTunes. It sounds absolutely wonderful!

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Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:25 pm
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I like what i have heard of Mozart which actually isn't all that much - I am a bit of a musical ignoramous :). Is Gluck very different then?

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There is a certain resemblance to the work of Mozart and Gluck. Mozart was actually a bit influenced by Gluck - especially in his operas and the two of them were a bit competitive, even though Mozart was a lot younger than Gluck.

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Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:40 pm
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They both knew Antoinette personally too .. at least Mozart did when he was a child.

I'm peckish .. is there food at this shindig? ;)

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So Locks of Louis you are in fact a lady, he says, at least he hopes so given the fact that Locks of Louis intends to wear a dress!

Princesse de Lamballe, if you staying over, will you be wanting the main guest bedroom? Mines's right next to it....ahem (sorry you all know the Baron's reputation, I have to try and live up to it!) Who gets the Queen's bedroom with the famous Jacob "wheatsheaf" design" furniture? No problem setting up a little performance of Glück for the following day in the little theatre, but given the company we could cheer up MA and Louis XVI with a performance of "Richard Coeur de Lion" by Grétry? And how about some short exerpts from the "Marriage of Figaro" or "Le devin du village" by Rousseau?

Things are starting to take shape. By the way talking of Glück, everyone in Paris can live a very associative Proustian Marie Antoinette moment at the Opéra de Paris in late May/early June, as they are staging Iphigénie en Tauride by Glück. Please only clap if the dauphine does....

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Sorry, I meant late May 2008!

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Where can I sleep? Do I get a four poster bed .. do I, do I? *jumps up and down*

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yes darling of course, don't fret, with all the taffeta and frills!

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Certainly a path through the gardens must be lit up ... hundreds of candles.. :wink:


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