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Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729)

Engraved medallion of de la Guerre from 'La Parnasse francois' (1732) by Titon du Tillet Elizabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre was a French composer and harpsichordist. She was described by the Mercure galant in 1678 as the marvel of our century.She was singled out for special favour by Louis XIV; he always encouraged her career, giving audience to her performances and permitting her to dedicate her publications to him. Titon du Tillet wrote that "all the great musicians and fine connoisseurs went eagerly to hear her... She had above all a talent for improvising and for playing fantasias extemporaneously." She wrote volumes of harpsichord pieces, a ballet, an opera, solo violin sonatas, books of cantatas based on Old Testament stories, and three cantatas based on mythological and allegorical subjects. Several of her cantatas have been republished recently by Hildegard (Bryn Mawr, PA 109010).


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Sonata No 2 for violin & harpsichord, 1707
1. Presto, D major. 2. Adagio, D minor. 3. Presto, D major. 4. Presto, D major
A classic baroque sonata, with lively fast movements, and a beautiful Adagio.
Published by University of Pittsburg Press

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