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Descriptions of canonization festivities at a Jesuit establishment

Factlet first posted on September 17, 2008

For information on just how lavish the settings for Marc-Antoine Charpentier's compositions could be during the years he worked for the Jesuits of Paris (1688-1698), see Camille de Rochemonteix, Un collège de jésuites aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, le collège Henri IV de La Flèche  (Le Mans: Leguicheux, 1889), vol. 2, pp. 210-264. The first document quoted in extenso is a very detailed description of the festivities organized at the Jesuit collège of La Flèche in 1622 for the canonizations of Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier. The second document is a lengthy account of the canonization festivities organized for Francis Borgia in 1671. These narratives abound in details about decor, processions, pontifical masses, music....

(See my Was Charpentier's "Messe à 8 voix" (H. 3) written for the Canonization of Francesco Borgia, January 1672? )