HAVPCD244 – Elizabeth Gambarini Complete works for harpsichord
The London-born Elizabeth Gambarini presents, viewed retrospectively, a brief but none the less interesting foretaste of an 18th-century British phenomenon: the educated lady of good family achieving a significant reputation in a field not at this time usually associated with one of her sex. Despite a relatively short life, she pursued an active and successful musical career, and gains historical importance as the first woman to publish keyboard music in Britain. Of the many lesser figures working in London’s 18th-century music life, Gambarini stands out as someone forging new ways. As a member of an immigrant family she established herself as a Londoner, as a woman in a man’s world she acquired the status of a professional musician rather than that of a mere singer, and as a composer of keyboard music she espoused and mastered the galant style that presages the popular musical idioms of the ensuing decades.