Elisabeth-claude Jacquet De La Guerre (1665-1729)

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01The King's Protege20150302

01The King's Protege2015030220160620 (R3)

Donald Macleod on how Louis XIV of France encouraged Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.

01The King's Protege2015030220160620 (R3)

Donald Macleod on how Louis XIV of France encouraged Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.

01The King's Protege20150302

01The King's Protege2015030220160620 (R3)

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. Born in Paris, Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet went on to become famous as a composer and harpsichordist. Her talents were first noticed when, at the age of five, she performed and sung at the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV. He later instructed his mistress, Madame de Montespan, to take Elisabeth into her own entourage.

Jacquet de La Guerre clocked up a number of firsts during her remarkable career. She was the first woman we know of to compose pieces for harpsichord, the first woman known to have composed and published, sets of cantatas, and the first woman to have had an opera performed at the Academie Royale de Musique. She had a huge impact upon music in France, with one author rating her as second only to Lully in the ranks of Baroque French composers.

01The King's Protege2015030220160620 (R3)

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. Born in Paris, Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet went on to become famous as a composer and harpsichordist. Her talents were first noticed when, at the age of five, she performed and sung at the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV. He later instructed his mistress, Madame de Montespan, to take Elisabeth into her own entourage.

Jacquet de La Guerre clocked up a number of firsts during her remarkable career. She was the first woman we know of to compose pieces for harpsichord, the first woman known to have composed and published, sets of cantatas, and the first woman to have had an opera performed at the Academie Royale de Musique. She had a huge impact upon music in France, with one author rating her as second only to Lully in the ranks of Baroque French composers.

01The King's Protege20150302

Donald Macleod on how Louis XIV of France encouraged Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.

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. Born in Paris, Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet went on to become famous as a composer and harpsichordist. Her talents were first noticed when, at the age of five, she performed and sung at the court of the Sun King, Louis XIV. He later instructed his mistress, Madame de Montespan, to take Elisabeth into her own entourage.

Jacquet de La Guerre clocked up a number of firsts during her remarkable career. She was the first woman we know of to compose pieces for harpsichord, the first woman known to have composed and published, sets of cantatas, and the first woman to have had an opera performed at the Academie Royale de Musique. She had a huge impact upon music in France, with one author rating her as second only to Lully in the ranks of Baroque French composers.

02Return to Paris20150303

02Return to Paris2015030320160621 (R3)

What happened after Elisabeth Jacquet left the court in Versailles and returned to Paris.

02Return to Paris2015030320160621 (R3)

What happened after Elisabeth Jacquet left the court in Versailles and returned to Paris.

02Return to Paris20150303

02Return to Paris2015030320160621 (R3)

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.

1684 was the year that Elisabeth Jacquet left the royal court in Versailles, and returned to Paris. She married Marin de La Guerre who was an organist at the Jesuit church of Saint Louis. The following year, at the age of only twenty, she composed a sung ballet, now lost, to be performed at court. A few years later in 1687, aged only twenty-two, she published her first set of Suites for Harpsichord, including the Suite No 4 in F major, which she dedicated to King Louis XIV.

02Return to Paris2015030320160621 (R3)

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.

1684 was the year that Elisabeth Jacquet left the royal court in Versailles, and returned to Paris. She married Marin de La Guerre who was an organist at the Jesuit church of Saint Louis. The following year, at the age of only twenty, she composed a sung ballet, now lost, to be performed at court. A few years later in 1687, aged only twenty-two, she published her first set of Suites for Harpsichord, including the Suite No 4 in F major, which she dedicated to King Louis XIV.

02Return To Paris20150303

What happened after Elisabeth Jacquet left the court in Versailles and returned to Paris.

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.

1684 was the year that Elisabeth Jacquet left the royal court in Versailles, and returned to Paris. She married Marin de La Guerre who was an organist at the Jesuit church of Saint Louis. The following year, at the age of only twenty, she composed a sung ballet, now lost, to be performed at court. A few years later in 1687, aged only twenty-two, she published her first set of Suites for Harpsichord, including the Suite No 4 in F major, which she dedicated to King Louis XIV.

03Opera in Paris20150304

03Opera in Paris2015030420160622 (R3)

The Academie Royale de Musique's premiere of its first opera by a female composer.

03Opera in Paris2015030420160622 (R3)

The Academie Royale de Musique's premiere of its first opera by a female composer.

03Opera in Paris20150304

03Opera in Paris2015030420160622 (R3)

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.

Jacquet de La Guerre had been the first women composer in history to publish a set of Suites for the harpsichord. In 1694 she became the first women to have an opera premiered at the Academy Royale de Musique in Paris. This was a huge undertaking for any composer at the time, and is evidence of her high standing at the time. Unfortunately, Céphale et Procris only had five or six performances, and its reception by the public was lukewarm. In that same year, Jacquet de La Guerre met the composer and critic Sebastien de Brossard. She lent him some of her own music, which was fortunate as it was through his collection that much of her chamber music including the Trio Sonata No 1 in B flat major, has been preserved for us today.

03Opera in Paris2015030420160622 (R3)

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.

Jacquet de La Guerre had been the first women composer in history to publish a set of Suites for the harpsichord. In 1694 she became the first women to have an opera premiered at the Academy Royale de Musique in Paris. This was a huge undertaking for any composer at the time, and is evidence of her high standing at the time. Unfortunately, Céphale et Procris only had five or six performances, and its reception by the public was lukewarm. In that same year, Jacquet de La Guerre met the composer and critic Sebastien de Brossard. She lent him some of her own music, which was fortunate as it was through his collection that much of her chamber music including the Trio Sonata No 1 in B flat major, has been preserved for us today.

03Opera In Paris20150304

The Academie Royale de Musique's premiere of its first opera by a female composer.

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.

Jacquet de La Guerre had been the first women composer in history to publish a set of Suites for the harpsichord. In 1694 she became the first women to have an opera premiered at the Academy Royale de Musique in Paris. This was a huge undertaking for any composer at the time, and is evidence of her high standing at the time. Unfortunately, Céphale et Procris only had five or six performances, and its reception by the public was lukewarm. In that same year, Jacquet de La Guerre met the composer and critic Sebastien de Brossard. She lent him some of her own music, which was fortunate as it was through his collection that much of her chamber music including the Trio Sonata No 1 in B flat major, has been preserved for us today.

04The Elector of Bavaria20150305

04The Elector of Bavaria2015030520160623 (R3)

Donald Macleod focuses on Elisabeth's musical relationship with the Elector of Bavaria.

04The Elector of Bavaria2015030520160623 (R3)

Donald Macleod focuses on Elisabeth's musical relationship with the Elector of Bavaria.

04The Elector of Bavaria20150305

04The Elector of Bavaria2015030520160623 (R3)

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.

Jacquet de La Guerre had apartments on the Ile Saint Louis, where she would hold regular musical gatherings for discerning patrons. These concerts would also be a testing ground for her own chamber music, such as her Trio Sonata No 4 in G minor. In 1707 she published a set of violin sonatas, which she dedicated to the Sun King, Louis XIV. It was around this period that another patron came into her life; The Elector of Bavaria, Maximilian II, had taken asylum just outside Paris. Jacquet de La Guerre socialised with Maximilian, sometimes performing music together. She dedicated her third book of cantatas to him, which includes Le Sommeil d'Ulisse. This cantata might have been designed to reflect Maximilian's own situation, and includes themes of misfortune and wandering.

04The Elector of Bavaria2015030520160623 (R3)

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.

Jacquet de La Guerre had apartments on the Ile Saint Louis, where she would hold regular musical gatherings for discerning patrons. These concerts would also be a testing ground for her own chamber music, such as her Trio Sonata No 4 in G minor. In 1707 she published a set of violin sonatas, which she dedicated to the Sun King, Louis XIV. It was around this period that another patron came into her life; The Elector of Bavaria, Maximilian II, had taken asylum just outside Paris. Jacquet de La Guerre socialised with Maximilian, sometimes performing music together. She dedicated her third book of cantatas to him, which includes Le Sommeil d'Ulisse. This cantata might have been designed to reflect Maximilian's own situation, and includes themes of misfortune and wandering.

04The Elector Of Bavaria20150305

Donald Macleod focuses on Elisabeth's musical relationship with the Elector of Bavaria.

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.

Jacquet de La Guerre had apartments on the Ile Saint Louis, where she would hold regular musical gatherings for discerning patrons. These concerts would also be a testing ground for her own chamber music, such as her Trio Sonata No 4 in G minor. In 1707 she published a set of violin sonatas, which she dedicated to the Sun King, Louis XIV. It was around this period that another patron came into her life; The Elector of Bavaria, Maximilian II, had taken asylum just outside Paris. Jacquet de La Guerre socialised with Maximilian, sometimes performing music together. She dedicated her third book of cantatas to him, which includes Le Sommeil d'Ulisse. This cantata might have been designed to reflect Maximilian's own situation, and includes themes of misfortune and wandering.

05Death of the Sun King20150306

05Death of the Sun King2015030620160624 (R3)

What happened to Jacquet de la Guerre's career after the death of her patron, Louis XIV.

05Death of the Sun King2015030620160624 (R3)

What happened to Jacquet de la Guerre's career after the death of her patron, Louis XIV.

05Death of the Sun King20150306

05Death of the Sun King2015030620160624 (R3)

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.

05Death of the Sun King2015030620160624 (R3)

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.

05Death Of The Sun King20150306

What happened to Jacquet de la Guerre's career after the death of her patron, Louis XIV.

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.