Factlet first posted on September 20, 2007
I have repeatedly referred to the numerous events at which one or another of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's funereal compositions in cahiers 3, 4 and 5 could have been performed. In my notes I just came upon the following details about expenditures for the Bout de l'an of Marguerite de Lorraine (Mme de Guise's mother), celebrated at Saint-Denis on May 6, 1673:
"A Pierre Le Blanc, peintre, pour armoiries par luy fournies pour les deux services qui ont esté célébré pour deffuncte Madame à Saint Denis et à Montmartre," 1000 livres, paid by Mme de Guise on May 25, 1674.
"A Pierre Robert, menuisier," for a wooden coffin....
"A Sr de Mouhers, brodeur, pour 4 grandes armes d'une aulne de hault en broderie d'or et d'argent appliquées sur le poisle de la couronne à Saint Denis..." 200 livres
To the juré crieur who had supervised the pompe funèbre, 4000 livres
In other words, two separate Bout de l'an services were held for the late Madame in May 1673. As in 1672 (when Madame was buried at Saint-Denis and her heart was buried at Montmartre), in May 1673 there was a memorial service for her at Saint-Denis, and there was another memorial service at the Abbey of Montmartre, where Madame's heart reposed. (According to the same document, the funeral services celebrated in 1672 had cost Mme de Guise a total of 19,044 livres, 14 sols, 4 deniers.)
Source: Arsenal, ms. 6525, fol. 3