Visitors are invited to lectures devoted to the music of the 18th century. The topic will be discussed by distinguished Polish musicologists and an art historian. The talks will be accompanied with concerts.

The Royal Łazienki Museum has decided to expand its existing lecture offer with meetings devoted to the music of the 18th century. Outstanding experts: Polish musicologists and an art historian – recognized domestically and abroad – will help us contemplate the musical aspects of the 18th century from various points of view – of court life, and from socio-political, religious, historical, local and universal perspectives.

The lectures will be accompanied with short concerts, thematically related to the subject matters of respective presentations. The audience will have a chance to listen to Bach, Couperin, Mozart, and the music of Jesuit missionaries in China, as well as chamber pieces from the repertoire of the Habsburg court in Vienna, among other compositions.


11 October 2017, 18.00, Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery – Mozart i czarodziejski fartuszek. Światło i mrok, (Mozart and the Magic Apron. Light and Darkness) debate between Professor Irena Poniatowska and Professor Tadeusz Cegielski, organized to inaugurate two new series of lectures, Mroczne sprawy Oświecenia (Dark Aspects of the Enlightenment) and Racja serca i umysłu. O muzyce XVIII stulecia (The Reasons of the Heart and Mind. About the Music of the 18th Century).

8 November 2017, 18.00, Royal Theatre – Naruszewicza i Kamieńskiego ‘Kantata w dzień inauguracji statui króla Jana III dnia 14 września roku 1788’, czyli jak Stanisław August świętował spóźnione stulecie wiktorii wiedeńskiej (‘Cantata on the Day of the Inauguration of the Statue of John III on 14 September 1788’ by Naruszewicz and Kamieński, or How Stanisław August Celebrated the Belated Centennial of the Vienna Victory”, lecture by Professor Alina Żórawska-Witkowska.

20 December 2017, 18.00, Royal Theatre – XVIII wiek za Wielkim Murem. Jezuiccy misjonarze w Chinach i ich muzyka (The 18th Century Behind the Great Wall. Jesuit Missionaries in China and their Music), lecture by Professor Tomasz Jeż.

17 January 2018, 18.00, Royal Theatre – W cieniu korony. Muzyka w polityce Jakuba III Stuarta i jego żony Marii Klementyny Sobieskiej w Rzymie (1719-1735) (In the Shadow of the Crown. Music in the Politics of James III Stuart and his Wife, Clementina Sobieska in Rome (1719-1735)), lecture by Aneta Markuszewska, PhD.

28 February 2018, 18.00, Royal Theatre – Bach Fryderykowi II (Bach and Frederick II), lecture by Professor Szymon Paczkowski.

14 March 2018, 18.00, Royal Theatre – Pobożność i polityka – muzyczne kazania (oratoria) o biblijnej Judycie na cesarskim dworze w Wiedniu w I połowie XVIII w. (Religiosity and Politics – Musical Sermons (oratorios) about the Biblical Judith at the Imperial Court in Vienna in the First Half of the 18th Century), lecture by Anna Ryszka-Komarnicka.

18 April 2018, 18.00, Royal Theatre – Antoine Watteau i François Couperin. Fêtes galantes i ich muzyczne odpowiedniki (Antoine Watteau and François Couperin. Fêtes Galantes and their Musical Equivalents), lecture by Agnieszka Rosales Rodriguez.

6 June 2018, 18.00, Palace on the Isle – Mozart po polsku (Mozart in Polish), lecture by Professor Alina Mądry.