Jacquet de La Guerre, Élisabeth

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665–1729), Paris, France

Harpist who enjoyed the patronage of Louis XIV. Her earliest published composition for harp was one of only a few in 17th-century France. Her opera Céphale et Procris (for the Academy of Music, 1694) was the first French opera written by a woman. She also composed vocal music, keyboard and violin pieces, and music for the ballet.