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date: 12 July 2020

Jacquet de La Guerre, Elisabethlocked

  • Catherine Cessac


(b Paris, bap. March 17, 1665; d Paris, June 27, 1729). French harpsichordist and composer . She came from a family of master masons and musicians (see Jacquet family), and from the age of five played the harpsichord and sang at the court of Louis XIV. Noticed by Madame de Montespan, she stayed for three years in her entourage. On 23 September 1684 she left the court to marry the organist Marin de La Guerre. Their son, as precociously gifted as his mother, died at the age of ten.

In Paris Elisabeth Jacquet gave lessons and concerts for which she was soon renowned throughout the city. Her first compositions were dramatic works, of which only the libretto of Jeux à l'honneur de la victoiresurvives. Her first publication, Les pièces de clavessin … premier livre, dates from 1687. In 1694 her only tragédie en musique, Céphale et Procris...

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Schweizerische Musikzeitung/Revue musicale suisse
Early Music
Revue de musicologie
Recherches sur la musique française classique
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France