Music of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

Music by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729)

Wednesday, April 14, Noon, EDT

Harpsichord 
Lindorff, Professor of Keyboard Studies
Anna Kislitsyna, Doctor of Musical Arts, 2018
Hanbyeol Lee, Master of Music, 2017

Violin
Eunice China, Bachelor of Music, 2016

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Many thanks for this blogpost to Gary Sampsell.

Parisian composer and harpsichordist Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre (1665-1729) made her mark very early in life. She first performed for Louis XIV at the tender age of five, impressing the “Sun King” with her prodigious abilities. Thereafter the phenom would serve the court of Versailles until the age of nineteen. Jacquet returned to Paris permanently after wedding the organist Marin de La Guerre in 1684. Despite losing her husband and only child in 1704, she continued to compose, perform, and teach until her passing.

Jacquet de La Guerre possessed formidable musicianship in every respect. In addition to accompanying and improvising on the harpsichord and organ, she could sight-sing the most difficult passages and transpose music on command. But Jacquet’s legacy rests primarily on her surviving compositions, including Céphale et Procris (Cephalus and Procris, 1694), the first opera written by a French woman, and two published collections of suites for harpsichord (1687 and 1707). The latter, of course, comprised the various social dances performed at the court of Versailles—to wit, the courante, gigue, and sarabande. Jacquet infused these binary forms with the style brisé (broken style), emulating the lutenists of her day. A hallmark of French style, this technique expanded the expressive potential of chords through arpeggiation.

Dancing at Versailles was serious business, a tool used by Louis XIV to instill qualities such as majesty, grace, and self-discipline in members of the court. Nobles received instruction from dancing masters and practiced the choreography for hours. They were also examined by the king himself, who would banish subjects for poor execution. Based on the following account of 1671, a superlative performance of the sarabande was nuanced, embodying the affect, agréments (ornaments), and rubato of the music:

“Now and then he [the dancer] would let a whole rhythmic unit go by, moving no more than a statue, and then, setting off like an arrow, he would be at the other end of the room before anyone had time to realize that he had departed. 

But all this was nothing compared to what was observed when this gallant began to express the emotions of his soul through the motions of his body, and reveal them in his face, his eyes, his steps and all his actions. 

Sometimes he would cast languid and passionate glances throughout a low and languid rhythmic unit; and then, as though weary of being obliging, he would avert his eyes, as if he wished to hide his passion; and, with a more precipitous motion, would snatch away the gift he had tendered. 

Now and then he would express anger and spite with an impetuous and turbulent rhythmic unit; and then, evoking a sweeter passion by more moderate motions, he would sigh, swoon, let his eyes wander languidly; and certain sinuous movements of the arms and body, nonchalant, disjointed and passionate, made him appear so admirable and so charming that throughout this enchanting dance he won as many hearts as he attracted spectators.” (McClary 2018, 116-118) 

Given the proximity of physical movement to music in baroque-era France, this description also sheds light on the ephemeral art of Jacquet de La Guerre: a succession of musical moments in which color and nuance delight the senses. On Wednesday, March 18, Joyce Lindorff and her studio will present an entire program of music by this extraordinary woman. We encourage all to attend.

Consult the following sources for more information:

Borroff, Edith. 1966. An Introduction to Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. Brooklyn: Institute of Mediæval Music.

Cessac, Catherine. “Jacquet de La Guerre, Elisabeth.” Grove Music Online. 2001; Accessed 23 Feb. 2020. 

Farr, Elizabeth. 2005. Liner notes to Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet De La Guerre: Harpsichord Suites Nos. 1-6, Elizabeth Farr. Naxos 8.557654-55, CD.

McClary, Susan. 2018. “In the Realm of All the Senses: Two Sarabandes by Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre.” IAnalytical Essays on Music by Women Composers: Secular and Sacred Music to 1900, edited by Laurel Parson and Brenda Ravenscroft, 109-28. New York: Oxford University Press.

Porter, Cecilia Hopkins. 2012. “Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet De La Guerre: Versailles and Paris in the Twilight of the Ancien Régime.” In Five Lives in Music: Women Performers, Composers, and Impresarios from the Baroque to the Present, 39-77. Champaign: University of Illinois Press.

 

Gary Sampsell is a second-year PhD student in the Music Studies program at Boyer College. His research interests include the musical culture of baroque-era Saxony and Austro-German reception of early music in the nineteenth century.

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The Prince and The Elephant

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The Prince and the Elephant

Wednesday, March 24th, Noon  EDT.

Tune in to hear two narrated stories by Oscar Wilde and Jean de Brunhoff, with music by Liza Lehmann and Francis Poulenc. Professor Charles Abramovic and his Boyer College of Music and Dance students will provide the piano parts, with narration by Melanie Julian.

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Mandolin Music to Soothe the soul

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Music for Piano and Mandolin

Wednesday, March 3rd, Noon EST

Gabe Locati, Mandolin; Sujin Kim, Piano

Join us for a noontime mandolin and piano recital with Boyer College of Music and Dance students Gabe Locati and Sujin Kim. This Beyond the Notes concert is coordinated by Allen Krantz, who heads the guitar program and teaches chamber music at Temple University.

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Gabe Locati plays Bach Chaconne. 

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20th Century Vietnamese Piano Music: A Journey Through Time

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Nam Nguyen, pianist and scholar

Wednesday, February 10, Noon, EST

Temple University Libraries’ Beyond the Notes is pleased and proud to present a performance and discussion of Vietnamese piano music of the Twentieth Century by doctoral student Nam Nguyen.

Western art music is relatively new in Vietnam, with a colonial history that started in the late nineteenth century.  Early European music exposure in Vietnam was part of French mission civilisatrice and was later taken over by the Vietnamese with the establishment of the first Vietnamese conservatory (now known as the Vietnam Academy of Music) in 1956.  The development and progress of classical music, however, was hindered by the Vietnam war and facility limitations throughout most of Vietnam’s modern history.  Despite the obstacles, Vietnamese musicians managed to keep the school operating and to train generations of musicians.  Vietnamese composers also managed to produce a substantial amount of repertoire in various genres: orchestra, chamber, solo instrument, songs, and more.  Within the relatively small solo instrumental output, piano music occupies a major part.  These works, however, remain unknown even in Vietnam, due to lack of performance and information.  In the lecture, I will offer an overview of the development and dissemination of European classical music in Vietnam as context for the second part, which focuses on compositions for piano.  Although the piano has foreign origins, Vietnamese composers managed to integrate folk elements into their compositions for the instrument.  Not only did it allow the younger generation to assimilate music from the west, it also fostered their understanding of national identity.  At first, many Vietnamese piano works were intended for pedagogical purposes.  As Vietnamese musicians received better training and education, they composed more complex and original works, intended for a concert setting.  Although only a very small number of works are performed today, Vietnamese piano music, as the combination of western musical training and Vietnamese creativity, constitutes a meaningful artistic genre.

 

Nam Nguyen is currently a doctoral student in Piano Performance at Boyer College of Music and Dance. His principal teachers have included Ha Thu Tran, Harvey Wedeen, and Ching-Yun Hu; he also studied collaborative piano with Lambert Orkis and early keyboard instruments with Joyce Lindorff. Besides playing traditional solo piano repertoire, Nguyen is actively involved in the performance of contemporary music as well as participating in different ensembles of various sizes.

Nam started his piano training at the age of six and attended Vietnam Academy of Music before coming to Temple. While he spent his early years learning piano in Vietnam, he did not have much experience to the classical music by Vietnamese composers and did not know many works in the repertoire. Exposure to the development of Classical Music in America, which brought forth some of the most original composers such as Charles Ives, George Gershwin, sparked his interest in his own culture, and he decided to research the topic of Vietnamese piano music for his dissertation.

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Unending Protests, Unending Music

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The Trump Presidency: A Revue

Wednesday, December 2, Noon

Since he announced his candidacy in 2015, Donald Trump has been a subject in music, much of it in the form of parodies, remixes, and mashups released on social media.This talk by Dr. Noriko Manabe reviews this music of the Trump presidency (mostly from the Trump Resistance) and the rhetorical tactics employed. Topics considered include humor, intertextual meanings, and circulation between cyberspace and street protests. Dr. Manabe is an associate professor of Music Studies at Boyer College of Music and Dance, and her research centers on music and social movements, popular music, and music and trauma.

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Solo Marimba Recital

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Wednesday, November 18th, Noon

 

Join us for a solo marimba recital by Phillip O’Banion. Professor O’Banion is an associate professor and artistic director of the percussion program at Boyer College of Music and Dance.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Song Celebration

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Hispanic Heritage Month Song Celebration
Wednesday, October 14, Noon

Join us for a celebration of beautiful songs of the Hispanic repertoire featuring music by Joaquin Rodrigo, Manuel de Falla, Jaime Leon, and Ernesto Lecuona.

The performers include Savannah Whittenburg, Daniel Arboleda, Jason Garcia-Kakuk, and Stephen Acosta.

This program is coordinated and produced by Daniel Arboleda.

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Triumph of the Human Spirit: Beethoven at 250

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 10am-3pm

Join us as Temple faculty, students, and alumni present the inspiring works of Beethoven in celebration of his 250th birthday. This performance is led and coordinated by Dr. Joyce Lindorff.

Please feel free to drop in at any time to enjoy some beautiful music!

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Beethoven Piano Sonata from the Library of Congress

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Beyond the Notes! Spring 2020 Season Announcement!

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Mark your calendars!

Beyond the Notes announces its Spring 2020 concerts!

Join us as we continue our exciting inaugural season in Temple’s beautiful new Charles Library.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

Light refreshments served.
Boyer recital credit given.

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Fats Waller

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A Celebration of Stride and Novelty Piano
Charles Abramovic and his studio
Works by James P. Johnson, Thomas “Fats” Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, and Zez Confrey
Wednesday, February 12th
12:00PM – 12:50PM
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Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

 

Music of Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
Featuring Joyce Lindorff and her studio
Wednesday, March 18th
12:00PM – 12:50PM
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Music for Guitar, Mandolin, Mandolin and Guitar, and even more Guitars!
Featuring Allen Krantz and his studio
Wednesday, April 8th
12:00PM – 12:50PM
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Beyond the Notes thanks Temple University Libraries and the Boyer College of Music and Dance for their support of this concert series.

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Beyond the Notes Announces Fall 2019 Season at Charles Library!

We are excited to announce the first season of Beyond the Notes in Temple University’s beautiful new Charles Library! Mark your calendars!

J.S. BACH CONCERTO FESTIVAL!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019
12:00 Noon – 12:50pm
Charles Library Event Space

Presented by Dr. Joyce Lindorff with Boyer College Harpsichordists and Baroque Strings.

Historic Harpsichord

Program:
Concerto in C Major for Two Harpsichords
Concerto in A minor for Four Harpsichords and Strings
Concerto in D minor, featuring soloist Benjamin Katz

Come join our festive opening of the Noontime Concert Series in the beautiful Charles Library! Be the first to hear the new event space resonate with J. S. Bach’s brilliant concertos for one, two and four harpsichords accompanied by a Baroque string ensemble. Dr. Joyce Lindorff will perform and conduct, along with current and alumni Boyer performers.

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Herstory

An Eclectic Compilation of Vocal Music by Women Composers, 1560-present 

Featuring Vocal Arts Students at Temple University

Jean Francois Proulx, pianist

Randi Marrazzo, faculty coordinator

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
12:00 Noon-12:50pm
Charles Library Event Space

 

All events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. Boyer recital credit given.

 

 

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