Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

A woman composer was a rarity in the 17th century, but her status, first as a child prodigy providing entertainment for aristocratic patrons with her skill on the keyboard, and later as a composer was well established after the publication of volumes of cantatas and a substantial opera, Cephal et Procris, a tragedy in five acts, which was performed at the Academie Royale de la Musique in 1694.

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Lisle de Délos

2e. Cantate avec Simphonie

Edited by Cedric Lee

for soprano, violin, flute, oboe, viol & continuo

Price: £ 12.20

This is a substantial work by comparison with many of the contemporary cantatas; far from consisting of 3 Recit-aria pairs, it consists of no fewer than 11 movements. The composer added an instrumental prelude; a ‘Muzette’ is called for by the libretto; as is a movement descriptive of bird song, here titled ‘Simphonie de Rossignol’ and Air; and included with these is a chaconne, as well as brief instrumental introductions to two of the Airs.

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