Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre was the daughter of an organist in Paris, so her musical education started very early in life. When she was just five years old, King Louis XIV recognized her talent and made her a musician in his court where she worked as both a harpsichordist and singer.
After ten years there, she spent three years in the court of Madame de Montespan. But she eventually left to marry the handsome organist Marin de la Guerre. And she did all of this before her twentieth birthday!
Harpsichordist Karen Flint has recently recorded Jacquet de la Guerre’s complete works for harpsichord, released on the Plectra label. Let’s take a listen to her gigue in D.