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My first trip to Versailles 1969

I have a rich and highly charged personal relationship with Versailles—my first love began in the gardens. I return often. I’ve played the harpsichord after hours in a grand salon overlooking the fountains at sunset. My first visit to the castle included a visit to the Opera and then a walk through the gardens. This was on December 24th, 1969 when the wind was moaning through the treetops, the clouds were low, and all the white statues, gods and goddesses, naked and lonely, seemed chilled to the stone and petrified by winter, waiting for the arrival of Spring and groups of courtiers to return and bring them back to life. #


  1. Dan Wittmayer says:

    Dear Andy,
    I relish your beautifully crafted notes which elevate, illuminate, and instruct the reader. I trust that the blog will have room for photographic illustrations of the venues where you’ll play. I’m eagerly awaiting whatever is coming; my education continues.
    Your fan,

  2. Sophie Blavet says:

    I love Versailles bien sur, but Le petit Trianon is a jewel.

  3. cari gradison says:

    Can’t wait to be there for Opera Lafayette’s international debut while traveling with others on the patron trip -Grand Voyage à Versailles!

    For your readers who can’t make it to Versailles – this wonderful opera is being performed by Opera Lafayette on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at the Kennedy Center (but alas all sold out except possibly for some single seats) and Thursday, January 26 2012 at the Rose Theater – Lincoln Center in New York.

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