Protégée of the Sun King: Music by Jacquet de la Guerre

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Elisabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre was a harpsichord prodigy brought to the court of Louis XVI, France's Sun King, at the age of 12. Her music disappeared after her death in 1732, erased from historical memory like the works of other female composers in the way that Communist governments used to retouch photos in order to eliminate individuals deemed non-approved. Like Bach, she was a talented improviser at the keyboard. Her works, in various genres, were published with the king's approval, but they have only recently been rediscovered. Recordings of her music are still rare, and this two-disc set may be the first real survey of her work as a whole. It covers music ...
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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Elisabeth Claude Jacquet de la Guerre was a harpsichord prodigy brought to the court of Louis XVI, France's Sun King, at the age of 12. Her music disappeared after her death in 1732, erased from historical memory like the works of other female composers in the way that Communist governments used to retouch photos in order to eliminate individuals deemed non-approved. Like Bach, she was a talented improviser at the keyboard. Her works, in various genres, were published with the king's approval, but they have only recently been rediscovered. Recordings of her music are still rare, and this two-disc set may be the first real survey of her work as a whole. It covers music from her two books of Pièces de clavecin, separated from each other by two decades, as well as ballet music, songs, a violin sonata, sacred and secular cantatas, assorted songs, and more. There are also several spoken tracks with texts praising the talents of Jacquet de la Guerre. As can be seen from this list of genres, Jacquet de la Guerre was in the forefront of experimentation with new Italian genres such as the cantata and sonata. But on the evidence here it is her harpsichord music that is the real revelation. The second book of harpsichord music, from 1707, shows the influence of François Couperin, but even in the youthful first book there is a strikingly assured handling of harmony and texture that makes one wonder how her music could have remained abandoned for so long. Jacquet de la Guerre's miniature dance suite movements are packed with dense chromatic modulations that rival Rameau's, and with individualistic textures that bear comparison with those of François Couperin. It may be that the harpsichord works outshine the rest of the music here because the performances by harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch are superior to those of the other Boston-area musicians she has assembled; the two cantatas on disc two in particular are tough going. A single disc might have served the composer's interests better, but if this disc inspires new performances from the likes of Pierre Hantaï and Emma Kirkby, it will have done its job.
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  • Release Date: 3/28/2006
  • Label: Centaur
  • UPC: 044747278124
  • Catalog Number: 2781

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–9 Suite in D minor (from Pièces de Clavecin, 1687) - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (19:26)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
    1. 1Prélude
    2. 2Allemande
    3. 3Courante
    4. 42e Courante
    5. 5Sarabande
    6. 6Gigue
    7. 7Cannaris
    8. 8Chaconne l'Inconstante
    9. 9Menuet
  2. 10 Mardrigal a mademoiselle de la Guerre: Ces Luths mystérieux - Anne Azema & Spoken Word (0:38)
    Composed bySpoken Word
    Performed byAnne Azema
  3. 11–19 Suite in A minor (from Pièces de Clavecin, 1687) - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (15:28)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
    1. 11Prélude
    2. 12Allemande
    3. 13Courante
    4. 142e Courante
    5. 15Sarabande
    6. 16Gigue
    7. 17Chaconne
    8. 18Gavotte
    9. 19Menuet
  4. 20 Letter from Monsieur Lully to Mademoiselle de la Guerre: Muse, je vous écris... - Anne Azema & Spoken Word (3:34)
    Composed bySpoken Word
    Performed byAnne Azema
  5. 21 Cephale et Procris, opera: Ballet music. Ouverture - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (4:06)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
  6. 22 Cephale et Procris, opera: Ballet music. Rondeau - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (1:01)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
  7. 23 Passepied pour les violons et pour les hautbois - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (2:06)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
  8. 24 Gigue - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (1:11)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
  9. 25–29 Trio sonata in D major - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (8:13)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
    1. 25Grave, Vivace e Presto
    2. 26Allegro
    3. 27Allegro
    4. 28Aria Affetuoso
    5. 29Allegro
  10. 30 Cephale et Procris, opera: Ballet music. Passacaille (a minor) - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (2:32)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
  11. 31 Cephale et Procris, opera: Ballet music. Premier Air (C Major) - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (1:00)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
  12. 32 Cephale et Procris, opera: Ballet music. Second Air (C Major) - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (1:00)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
  13. 33–37 Sonata for violin & continuo No. 3 in F major - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (8:08)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
    1. 33[Grave]
    2. 34Presto and Adagio
    3. 35Presto
    4. 36Aria
    5. 37Adagio
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cephale et Procris, opera: Air - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (2:13)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
  2. 2–12 Suite in D minor (from Pièces de Clavecin, 1707) - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (28:16)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
    1. 2La Flamande
    2. 3Double (de la Flamande)
    3. 4Courante
    4. 5Double (de la Courante)
    5. 6Sarabande
    6. 7Gigue
    7. 8Double (de la Gigue)
    8. 92e Gigue
    9. 10Rigaudon
    10. 112e Rigaudon
    11. 12Chaconne
  3. 13–20 Esther, cantata - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (17:29)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
    Performed byLaurie Monahan
    1. 13Recitatif: Par la souveraine Sagesse
    2. 14Air: Ah! Ah! Quelle affreuse image
    3. 15Recitatif: De votre Epoux, Esther
    4. 16Arioso: Et quoy n'osez-vous
    5. 17Recitatif: Elle approche
    6. 18Air: Venez, venez, bannissez ces alarmes
    7. 19Recitatif: Ainsi devant son Maître
    8. 20Air: Souvent la verité timide
  4. 21 Cephale et Procris, opera: Air des Démons - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (1:19)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
  5. 22–31 Le Sommeil d'Ulisse, cantata for voice & continuo - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Frances Conover Fitch (21:35)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
    Performed byLydia Knutson
    1. 22Simphonie
    2. 23Recitatif: Apres mille travaux
    3. 24Air: Sur une Mer orageuse
    4. 25Recitatif: Il en frémit
    5. 26Simphonie et Air: Tempêste
    6. 27Simphonie et Air: Venés Minerve
    7. 28Recitatif: Nos voeux sont éxaucez
    8. 29Simphonie et Air: Sommeil
    9. 30Recitatifs: Mais, quel songe se mêle et Alcinoüs ce Roy
    10. 31Simphonie et Air: Ulisse que la gloire appelle
  6. 32 Dedicace: Sire, je n'ai plus le mérite, letter to the King of France - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Anne Azema (1:39)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
    Performed byAnne Azema
  7. 33 Entre nous mes chers amis, air à boire la Provençale - Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Anne Azema (3:08)
    Composed byElizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre
    Performed byAnne Azema
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Frances Conover Fitch Primary Artist
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