Music: Stones Set to Music

France is loaded with châteaux, tourists and musicians. Such is the Gallic sense of style that these disparate elements are now combined in an artistic enterprise that is also a moneymaker. The enterprise is called Son et Lumière (Sound and Light), and it amounts to setting all those chateaux to music.

The idea functions most impressively at Versailles. At dusk, some 2,000 to 6,000 visitors perch quietly on steel folding chairs on the vast graveled terrace, listening to the piquant yet noble strains of an orchestral prelude, the work of Jacques Ibert, distinguished...

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