Femmes d’excellence with Ensemble Molière

March 6, 2024, 10:00 pm

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a fair-haired woman in a low-cut burgundy dress holds a piece of music paper in her left hand
François de Troy (1645–1730): Élisabeth-Claude Jacquet de La Guerre

Baroque&Before celebrates its tenth anniversary and Women’s History Month with a program of women composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Soprano Ruby Hughes joins Ensemble Molière to perform 18th-century French music by Mademoiselle Laurent, Mademoiselle Duval, and Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.

Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert February 24, 2023 in the BBC Maida Vale Studios, London. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to bring you this recital as a stream for thirty days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is accessible.


Mademoiselle Laurent (ca. 16??-ca. 17??)
Ouverture to Le Concert

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665-1729
Trio Sonata No. 1 in g minor
“L’Ile de Delos” from Cantates Françoises, Livre 3

Mademoiselle Duval (1718-after 1775)
Suite from Les Génies, ou Les caractères de l’Amour
– Ouverture, Trio, Sarabande, Gavotte, Rondeau, Bourée, Ritournelle, Passacaille, Tambourin

Ensemble Molière: Flavia Hirte, flute; Alice Earll, violin; Catriona McDermid, bassoon; Kate Conway, viola da gamba; Satoko Doi-Luck, harpsichord