Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665-1729) French composer, improvising genious, virtuoso on several instruments & singer. Highly praised during her lifetime. Many in her family were organists and instrument makers, so she had music all around her from the start. Already as a child she was “discovered” and was early on tied to the French court during the reign of Luis XIV. As composer, she freely combined the styles of the French and Italian baroque, perhaps under the influence of Antonia Bembo whom she must have known. She often brings forward instruments that traditionally were used for accompaniment only and lets them have dialogues with the solo part. She was an early adopter of trio sonatas and her compositions are one of the earliest we have of the genre. Her Première livre de pièces de clavessin was one of the first publications of its sort in France. 1694 her opera Céphale et Procris was premiered. Besides the opera, I can also recommend listening to the violin sonata no 5 in G major or the chamber sonata no 1 in B flat major.