Great Composers: Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre

Great Composers: Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre



she was a favorite of king louis xiv and she was a force to be reckoned with at the harpsichord on the classical nerd and today we're talking with elizabeth claude ja'kayden again Elizabeth Claudia Kay was born in 1665 and was a child prodigy who learned the harpsichord from her musician father she performed for king louis xiv at the age of twelve and according to the material and she sings it's like the most difficult music she accompanies herself and accompanies others who wish to sing at the harpsichord which she plays in the manner that cannot be imitated those who listened to her also noted her extreme talent at improvisation she was referred to as the marvel of the century as a teenager she was accepted into King Louie's court as a musician as a court musician she wasn't as tied down as you might imagine in fact quite the opposite it was a boon to her career letting her give concerts in her home and also give lessons her prowess at harpsichord improvisation meant that she was a composer her sweets for her own instrument reflect the heavily ornamented abstracted dance forms common to French music of the era she even continued with a career after her marriage to most suited again which was unusual for the time King Louie had lost his taste for grandiose productions but he still enjoyed good music and so Elizabeth was a perfect fit for the court since King Louie also held a monopoly on musical publication her works practically all of which are dedicated to King Louie received publication she knew how unusual it was to have a woman in her role and she took great pride in this much of her surviving music exists in very small forms small dance suites which are either exclusively for her instrument or included in a starring role some larger works have been lost although an opera survives the Opera is heavily influenced by the style of jean-baptiste Lully essentially the dictator of French music up until his death just a few years before De La Gare completed her opera although highly publicly anticipated it didn't do as well as she might have hoped it would for one thing Lully was still the dominant composer even though he was dead and Susie was dead the church decided to ramp up its attacks because the church was not collectively big fans of opera it also didn't really have a great libretto either way her husband rushed to defend her from assaults saying the only bad thing about the Opera was the fact that the press laid into it so badly undeterred daily Gary wrote some of the first fridge trio sonatas the genre that had up until that point been pretty much exclusively Italian through years of personal hardship characterized by the deaths of many loved ones including her husband and her ten-year-old son who showed promising talent in music she continued to compose and give lessons and continued to be a favorite in the French Court after her death in 1729 a commemorative medal was issued but as with many female composers her works were slowly lost to public knowledge has not been until recently but a music has seen a revival her collected output is a combination of both French and Italian styles as evidenced by her trio sonatas in Hispanic offense wah of 1732 the scholar Avadh t tone duty lay wrote Abdullah Guerra one might say that never has a person of her sex had such a great talent for the composition of music and for the admirable manner in which she played on the harpsichord and on the organ

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