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Hâtez-vous déesse puissante: The Music of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

La Perla Bizzarra
Alice Teyssier, soprano
Evan Few, violin
Shirley Hunt, viola da gamba
Benjamin Katz, harpsichord

Elizabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665-1729) was undoubtedly one of the most important and progressive composers of her generation. She was one of the first French composers (alongside François-Couperin, Sébastien de Brossard and Jean-Féry Rebel) to devote herself to the sonata form, and her cantatas broke new ground in France. With her relatively early work Jeux à l’honneur de la victoire, one of the very first opera-ballets, she became the first woman to produce an opera in the Académie Royale de Musique. King Louis XIV, meeting the five-year-old de la Guerre, dubbed her a “miracle creature” and became a loyal patron of her work, providing the budding virtuoso harpsichordist and composer with a boarding house and specially organized concerts.