Elizabeth Jacquet was born into a Parisian family of musicians. She was educated in the court of Louis the 14th, and after her marriage to organist Marin de La Guerre, she taught, composed and gave concerts to great acclaim. Elizabeth Jacquet de La Guerre wrote in a wide variety of styles including opera, ballet, chamber music and cantatas, and was one of the few well-known female composers of the Baroque era. Listen to her Sonata No. 2 in D Major for violin and continuo.
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