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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.

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Fri 24 Jun 2016 18:30

Music Played

  • Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

    Le Raccomondement comique de Pierrot et de Nicole [perf. as part of 'La Ceinture

    Performer: Georges Guillard. Performer: Francoise Bloch. Singer: Michel Verschaeve. Singer: Isabelle Poulenard.
    • Arion: ARN268012.
    • ARION.
    • 9.
  • Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

    Suite in G major for keyboard [from "Pieces de clavecin",1707]

    Performer: Elizabeth Farr.
    • Naxos: 8557654.
    • Naxos.
    • 10.
  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

    Samson - cantata for soprano, violin and continuo [1711]

    Performer: Marc Wolf. Performer: Marc Wolf. Performer: Alice Pierot. Performer: Francois Nicolet. Performer: Freddy Eichelberger. Performer: Christine Payeux. Singer: Isabelle Desrochers.
    • ALPHA:006.
    • ALPHA.
    • 21.
  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

    Sonata no. 2 in A minor for violin, obbligato viola da gamba and bc [1695]

    Performer: Florence Bolton. Performer: Emmanuel Mandrin. Performer: Bertrand Cuiller. Performer: Stephen Dudermel. Director: Benjamin Perrot.
    • Mirare: MIR105.
    • Mirare.
    • 1.

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