Death of the Sun King
Donald Macleod focuses on what happened to Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre's musical career after the death of her most significant Patron, Louis XIV of France.
As part of Radio 3's celebration of female composers marking International Women's Day, this week Donald Macleod explores with Mary Cyr, the life and music of Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, hailed by scholars as one of the most successful women in the history of French music.
Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre lost her most significant Patron, when King Louis XIV of France died in 1715. However, her music was also in demand outside of the royal court, including songs, music for seasonal Fairs and works for the theatre. Her final published work was her Cantates françoises and, after that, her career took more of a back seat. Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre died a wealthy woman in 1729.
You are at the last episode