My Favourite Women Composers (1): Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre painted by François de Troy.

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665-1729) was a French harpsichordist and a highly respected composer at the court of Louis XIV. According to Évrard Titon du Tillet, the leading commentator on music and musicians of the time, she had a “marvellous facility for playing preludes and fantasies off the cuff. Sometimes she improvises one or another for a whole half hour with tunes and harmonies of great variety and in quite the best possible taste, quite charming her listeners.” (Le Parnasse Français, 1732). Here are some of the preludes and fantasies she published.

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