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Panat Times

Volume 1, redone Dec. 2014


Volume 1


Orest's Pages

Patricia's Musings



Musical Rhetoric

Transcribed Sources



... that remained in Patricia's files and never made their way into her writings, or that she has recently happened upon...

All research is fortuitous, be it the archives and libraries, or be it in one's own notes and files, where interesting little facts have the annoying habit of going astray. I am so fond of some of these little facts, these "factlets," that I am creating a page especially for them.  They will gradually come to populate this page, once the major re-formatting is under control.

Note: in May 2011 I abandoned the derogatory term "factoid" in favor of the late William Safire's "factlet," which he defined as a "little bit of arcana." (Arcana denotes "mysterious or specialized knowledge, language, or information accessible or possessed only by the initiate — usually used in plural.")

New Factlets

NEW: An assertion by Saint-Simon that Mme de Guise would go to Paris when the court went to Marly: Does the available evidence corroborate this for 1684-1688?

NEW: A Factlet on grand deuil

Factlets re-published as separate pages

April 24, 1691: Marc-Antoine Charpentier, "me de musique du Colege de Louis le Grand," signs a notarial act involving the organ at the Jesuit school (formerly a "factlet" dated February 1, 2008, but now a  page in its own right)

Why was "Liselotte," the second wife of Philippe d'Orléans, shown holding a piece of fruit (for example, in Landry's Almanach for 1682)?

Paolo Lorenzani and devotions at the Theatines (1685)

On the conduct of a devout seigneur in a church

The Messe Rouge at the Parlement of Paris and the "Longues Offrandes" at the masses for St. Nicolas

A letter of recommendation by Marguerite de Lorraine, Duchess of Orléans, 1657

Pierre Perrin's wedding, 1653

Two factlets about services at the Jesuit church of Saint-Louis in August 1673

Pietro Guerrini's visits to the Hotel de Guise in 1685

The Fioravantys, householders of Mme de Guise

Why would Marc-Antoine Charpentier have both an "ordinary" signature and a calligraphed one?

A Corpus Christi procession at Versailles, June 5, 1681

A reposoir for the Fête-Dieu at the Palais-Royal, 1648

"The Great Guise Music," a name I coined for the Guise ensemble of the 1680s

W.H. McCabe, S.J., Introduction to Jesuit Theater

Descriptions of canonization festivities at a Jesuit establishment

"Les goûts réunis," not only in the music of the late 1720s but in painting and cooking as well

The handwriting on cahier 1, fol. 1 recto of the Mélanges

Charpentier's funeral music of 1672-1674

Battles over church benches