Cité de la Musique

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The Cité de la Musique

The Cité de la Musique (City of Music), renamed Philharmonie 2 in 2015, is a group of institutions dedicated to music and situated in the Parc de la Villette, 19th arrondissement, Paris, France. It was designed by the architect Christian de Portzamparc and opened in 1995. It consists of an amphitheater, a concert hall that can accommodate an audience of 800–1,000, a music museum containing an important collection of classical music instruments dating mainly from the fifteenth- to twentieth-century, and exhibition halls, workshops and archives. Part of François Mitterrand's Grands Projets, the Cité de la Musique reinvented La Villette – the former slaughterhouse district.[1]

Its official address is 221, Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris.[2]

Philharmonie de Paris[edit]

The Paris Philharmonic (Philharmonie de Paris), a complex formed by a new 2400-seat symphony hall, is a project whose construction had been postponed for about twenty years, to complete the Cité de la Musique.

On 6 March 2006 the French minister of Culture and communication Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, the mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoë, and the director of the Cité de la Musique, Laurent Bayle, announced the beginning of the construction at a press conference concerning the reopening of the Salle Pleyel, now associated with the Museum.[3]

The cost of construction was expected to be 170 million euros, and will be shared by the national government (45 per cent), the Ville de Paris (45 per cent), and the Région Île-de-France (10 per cent). But the cost in the end is expected to be €381 million ($505 million) [4]

In April 2007Jean Nouvel won the design competition for the auditorium. He brought in Brigitte Métra as his partner, along with Marshall Day Acoustics (room acoustics design) and Nagata Acoustics (peer-review and scale model study).[5][6]

The hall opened on 14 January 2015 with a performance by the Orchestre de Paris of Faure's Requiem, played to honour the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shootings which took place in the city a week earlier. The opening concert was attended by François Hollande, the President of France.[7]

The first season of the Philharmonie de Paris started in January 2015. The purpose of this season is clearly to reach out to new audiences by providing musical creation and varied repertory in classical music, dance, jazz, world music and contemporary music. On weekends, diverse program of affordably-priced events and activities would be offer structured around a theme(such as the Love Stories weekend in February, David Bowie in early March or Paco de Lucia tribute weekend in May). [8]

Musée de la musique[edit]

The Music Museum (Musée de la musique) features a collection of several hundred musical instruments collected by the Conservatoire de Paris. The museum's collection contains instruments used in classical and popular music from the seventeenth century to the present time including lutes, archlutes, almost 200 classical guitars,[9] violins by Italian luthiers Antonio Stradivari, the Guarneri family, Nicolò Amati; French and Flemish harpsichords; pianos by French piano-makers Erard and Ignaz Pleyel; and saxophones by Adolph Sax.

The instruments are exhibited by period and by type. Audio devices are provided at the entrance allowing visitors to hear commentary and excerpts of music played on the instruments.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fierro, Annette; p. 17 (2003). The Glass State: The Technology of the Spectacle, 1981–1998. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-06233-X. 
  2. ^ "Plan and location of all the elements at the official website". Cité de la Musique. Retrieved 6 September 2007. 
  3. ^ "Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres et Bertrand Delanoë, maire de Paris, annoncent les partenariats noués entre l'Etat et la Ville de Paris pour le développement de la vie musicale symphonique à Paris" (Press release) (in French). Ministry of Culture and Communication. 6 March 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2007. 
  4. ^ France’s New Music Temple
  5. ^ "Making acoustic choices for the future symphony hall". Philharmonie de Paris. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "In New Concert Hall, Paris Orchestra Honours Last Week's Terror Victims". 15 January 2015. 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Les guitares classiques du Musée de la musique (almost 200 classical guitars); Instruments et oeuvres d'art – use search-phrase: Mot-clé(s) : guitare

Further reading[edit]

  • Kim Eling, The Politics of Cultural Policy in France, Chapter 3: "La Cité de la Musique", Macmillan, 1999, pages 38–61. ISBN 0-312-21974-1.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°53′23″N 2°23′38″E / 48.88972°N 2.39389°E / 48.88972; 2.39389