Leclair, Jean-Marie, the Elder

Leclair, Jean-Marie, the Elder

▪ French musician
born May 10, 1697, Lyon
died Oct. 22, 1764, Paris
 French violinist, composer, and dancing master who established the French school of violin playing.

      In 1722 Leclair was principal dancer and ballet master at Turin. After finishing his violin studies with G.B. Somis, he went to Paris and began in 1728 a brilliant career as a violinist-composer. By 1732 he was the subject of an article in J.G. Walther's Musicalisches Lexicon.

      He later became a musician of the royal chamber and visited several princely courts. Leclair, whose last years were clouded by despair and distrust, was murdered, possibly by his estranged wife.

      He published four books of sonatas for violin and continuo, two books of sonatas for two unaccompanied violins, five sets of Récréations for two violins and continuo, and two sets of string concerti. He also wrote an opera, Scylla et Glaucus.

      His brothers Jean-Marie Leclair the Younger (1703–77), Pierre Leclair (1709–84), and Jean-Benoît Leclair (1714–after 1759) were also composers and violinists.

* * *

Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Jean-Marie Leclair — Jean Marie Leclair, also known as Jean Marie Leclair the Elder, (Lyon May 10, 1697 Paris October 22, 1764) was a Baroque violinist and composer. He is considered to have founded the French violin school. BiographyLeclair left his native Lyon and… …   Wikipedia

  • Jean-Marie Leclair the younger — Jean Marie Leclair (1703 1777) was a French composer, the younger brother of the better known Jean Marie Leclair the elder .His musical output included works for two violins. In 1733 he produced Le Rhone et la Saone , a vocal piece. Opus 1… …   Wikipedia

  • Leclair — or Leclair is a French or Francophone surname which can refer to:* Day Leclaire, an American author. * Denise LeClair Cobb, American former CNN Headline News anchor. * Didier Leclair (b.1967) a Canadian francophone fiction writer. * Jean Marie… …   Wikipedia

  • The opera corpus — is a list of nearly 2,500 works by more than 775 individual opera composers. Some of the works listed below are still being performed today   but many are not. The principal works of the major composers are given as well as those of historical… …   Wikipedia

  • Joseph Bodin de Boismortier — (December 23, 1689 in Thionville – October 28, 1755 in Roissy en Brie) was a French baroque composer of instrumental music, cantatas, opera ballets, and vocal music. Boismortier was purely a composer and one of the first to have no patrons: he… …   Wikipedia

  • sonata — /seuh nah teuh/, n. Music. a composition for one or two instruments, typically in three or four movements in contrasted forms and keys. [1685 95; < It < L sonata, fem. of sonatus (ptp. of sonare to SOUND1). See SONANT, ATE1] * * * I Musical form… …   Universalium

  • Jacques Aubert — (September 30, 1689 ndash; May 19, 1753), also known as Jacques Aubert le Vieux (Jacques Aubert the Elder), was a French composer and violinist. Aubert was born in Paris and became a student of Jean Baptiste Senaillé. His first position was as… …   Wikipedia

  • 1733 in music — Events *Susannah Maria Arne makes her stage début in the first opera written by her brother, Thomas. *Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is appointed organist of St Sophia s Church, Dresden. *Jean Marie Leclair becomes musical director to King Louis XV of… …   Wikipedia

  • List of University of Chicago people — The following is a list of people affiliated with the University of Chicago, including alumni, current and former faculty members, students, and others. The University of Chicago was founded in 1890 by American industrialist and philanthropist… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.