Traditions of receptions of palace Petersburg - Russian Music Seasons

Traditions of receptions of palace Petersburg


In the time of the Russian Empire, created by Peter the Great in the 17th century, St. Petersburg was the capital. The city in the North was founded by the ruler and was  entirely built by European standards. Back them the first balls and receptions in noble houses were introduced. Let’s get a better look at what was the usual reception in a noble house, from the 17th century to the 19th century.

About the traditions of admission

There were strict traditions concerning the holding of balls and receptions in the cultural capital of our country in those times. According to the rules of the etiquette of Palace Petersburg, there were similar traditions, the violation of which could lead to universal secular condemnation:

  • It was possible to get to Ball only by invitation.
  • Invitations to reception were sent only to notable, status individuals not less than 10 days before the event, as the fees were quite long. It was necessary to specify the subject of the ball.
  • The society at the reception was clearly divided into masculine and feminine. Men could not talk to young girls at the reception, and vice versa, it was considered as indecency. Men could only invite a lady to dance.
  • The evening started at ten o’clock, but it was necessary to arrive late. Too early arrival could be considered an insult to the house.
  • A compulsory event of the evening was a cotillion. This beautiful dance lasted no less than two hours. The essence was that music and gentlemen were constantly changing.
  • A compulsory attribute of the men’s and women’s wardrobe were snow-white gloves.

The atmosphere of the palace Petersburg is given in the magnificent works of Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Griboyedov and other writers of the Golden Age in all colors.

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