Esther Elizabeth Velkiers

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Esther Elizabeth Velkiers (born 1640) was a Swiss singer, musician and composer.[1]


Esther Velkiers was born in Geneva, then in the independent Republic of Geneva. She was nearly blind from an accident with an oven when she was a baby, and was taught letters by her father using wooden blocks. She learned Latin, German, Italian and French, and then studied philosophy, mathematics, theology and science. She also studied music and became a singer and harpsichordist. She was noted as a composer, but none of her compositions survive.[2] Velkiers was known as a musician, but also for her philosophy, language, science and theology.[3][4]


  1. ^ Grove Dictionary
  2. ^ Hawkins, John. A General History Of The Science And Practice Of Music vol. 2 (Digitized online by GoogleBooksp). p. 596. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  3. ^ Musical Association (Great Britain), Royal Musical Association (1883). Proceedings of the Musical Association, Volume 9 (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  4. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010.