It’s well known that Louis XIV was an avid and accomplished dancer in his youth. In 2000, the Belgian filmmaker the Gérard Corbieu memorably depicted the young king’s dance spectacles in the movie Le Roi Danse (The King is Dancing).
It’s also quite well known that the Sun King was surrounded by music from morning till evening. Indeed, he was rarely out of earshot of one group of musicians or another. Even while he was hunting there would have been horns, after all.
At HMV Canada’s going-out-of-business sale at its flagship store in Toronto, I purchased this boxed set of music from Louis XIV’s court.