Jean-Marie Leclair

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Born: September 23, 1703; Lyons, France   Died: November 30, 1777; Paris, France  
Jean-Marie Leclair the younger (or "le second" or "le cadet") was one of the most talented French violinists of the late Baroque era, and a capable composer who left a small amount of attractive, but not outstanding, instrumental music.

Confusingly, he was given the same name as his much better known older brother, Jean-Marie Leclair (i), referred to as "l'aîné" ("the elder"). They were the children of Antoine Leclair and Benoîte
Read more Ferrier. The father was a master lace-maker and very good cellist. The couple had eight children, of whom six are known to have been musical. Like his older sister and two other brothers, all also violinists, Jean-Marie Leclair the younger made most of his career in his hometown. He is the most prominent of the siblings who remained home, and the second best known after the older Jean-Marie.

It is likely that he received his training at home. When he was twenty-nine he was sufficiently famous that the city of Besançon hired him to be the director of the Academy of Music there. Lyons quickly acted to get him back, offering him an annual pension to teach violin and become director of Lyons' own Academy of Fine Arts. Despite staying in Lyons, he gained nationwide fame: A 1738 Paris publication described him as one of the French violinists with a "great reputation." In 1739, he published a First book of sonatas for violin, comprising twelve works. In 1741, the city recognized his accomplishments by voting an increase in his pension. The city praised his abilities in all phases of position: as a violinist, a violin teacher, as the organizer of the concerts and opera for the city, and as a musical director who caused the music there to be played "in a much more regulated manner."

He married Jeanne-Suzanne Crus de la Chesnee in 1748. They had a son and a daughter.

In about 1750, Leclair issued his other publication, a book of six sonatas for two violins or two viols. His other compositions included, according to records, a cantata, a motet, a work designated a "symphony," and "ariettes with orchestra." All these unpublished works are lost, as is even the knowledge of any other compositions he may have produced.

The council of Lyons provided for him by naming him a secretary in perpetuity, so he evidently lived out the rest of his life comfortably. His few works surviving works are variable in quality, with uninspired movements and charming ones frequently in the same works. Read less

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I. Allegro ma poco
II. Aria: Gratioso, Andante
III. Allegro
I. Ouverture: Gravement - Legerement - Lentement
II. Forlane: Point trop vite
III. Sarabande: Lentement
IV. Menuet - Autre menuet
V. Badinage
VI. Chaconne
VII. Tambourin: Vite
I. Grave: Staccato
II. Allegro
III. Andante: Dolce
IV. Minuetto - Non troppo allegro: Altro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Sarabanda: Largo
IV. Allegro assai
I. Grave: Staccato
II. Allegro
III. Andante: Dolce
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Grave: Staccato
II. Allegro
III. Largo: Dolce
IV. Allegro assai
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Gratioso - Altro - Gratioso
IV. Allegro
I. Ouverture: Gravement - Vivement - Lentement
II. Gracieusement, san lenteur
III. Forlanne
IV. Menuets I and II
V. Gavotte: Tendrement
VI. Passepieds I and II
VII. Sarabande: Sans lenteur
VIII. Chaconne
I. Fantazie
II. Pavan
III. Ayre
IV. Courante
V. Sarabande
VI. Jigg
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Tempo Gavotta: Allegro
I. Allegro ma poco
II. Andante: Amoroso - Altro
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro ma poco
II. Largo
III. Minuetto: Non tropo allegro - Altro
IV. Allegro
I. Un poco andante
II. Un poco andante
III. Sarabanda: Largo
IV. Giga: Prestissimo
I. Andante
II. Allegro moderato
III. Largo
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro
II. Aria Grtioso: Andante - Un poco piu allegro - Piu andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Allego moderato
III. Andante: Dolce
IV. Allegro non presto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo [Cantabile]
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Aria: Allegro ma poco
IV. Sarabanda: Largo
V. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Andante ma non troppo
IV. Presto
I. Ouverture: Gravement - Vivement
II. Legerement
III. Airs I and II: Gracieusement - Un peu gay
IV. Chaconne
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I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Giga - Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro ma non troppo - Adagio - A tempo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro ma poco
II. Aria: Gratioso, Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allego ma poco
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro ma poco
II. Aria: Gratioso, Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Aria: Gratioso
III. Vivace
I. Adagio - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Vivace
II. Largo - Adagio
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro ma non presto
II. Aria: Grazioso non troppo adagio
III. Giga: Allegro
I. Ouverture: Gravement - Legerement - Lentement
II. Forlane: Point trop vite
III. Sarabande: Lentement
IV. Menuet - Autre menuet
V. Badinage
VI. Chaconne
VII. Tambourin: Vite
I. Grave: Staccato
II. Allegro
III. Andante: Dolce
IV. Minuetto - Non troppo allegro: Altro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Sarabanda: Largo
IV. Allegro assai
I. Grave: Staccato
II. Allegro
III. Andante: Dolce
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Grave: Staccato
II. Allegro
III. Largo: Dolce
IV. Allegro assai
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Gratioso - Altro - Gratioso
IV. Allegro
1. Grave - Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allego
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Gratioso - Altro - Gratioso
IV. Allegro
I. Ouverture: Gravement - Vivement - Lentement
II. Gracieusement, san lenteur
III. Forlanne
IV. Menuets I and II
V. Gavotte: Tendrement
VI. Passepieds I and II
VII. Sarabande: Sans lenteur
VIII. Chaconne
I. Fantazie
II. Pavan
III. Ayre
IV. Courante
V. Sarabande
VI. Jigg
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo
IV. Ciaccona
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Tempo Gavotta: Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allemanda: Allegro
III. Aria: Grazioso
IV. Giga: Allegro
I. Adagio molto maestoso
II. Allegro
III. Sarabande
IV. Tambourin
I. Vivace
II. Gavotta: Gratioso
III. Giga: Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Adagio
II. Corrente: Allegro
III. Gavotta: Grazioso
IV. Giga: Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Tempo Gavotta: Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Tempo Gavotta
V. Minuetto
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Sarabanda: Largo
III. Giga: Presto
I. Adagio
II. Vivace
III. Aria: Affettuoso
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allemanda: Allegro
III. Aria: Grazioso
IV. Giga: Allegro ma non troppo
I. Largo
II. Vivace
III. Musette: Affettuoso
IV. Tempo Gavotta: Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allemanda: Allegro
III. Sarabanda: Largo
IV. Allegro ma non presto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma poco
III. Sarabanda: Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Vivace
III. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Aria grazioso: Allegro ma non troppo
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Gratioso
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma poco
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Giga: Allegro ma poco
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Gratioso
IV. Allegro assai
I. Andante
II. Allegro ma poco
III. Gavotta: Grazioso
IV. Allegro assai
I. Adagio - Allegro ma poco
II. Largo
III. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Largo
II. Allegro ma poco
III. Aria: Allegro ma non troppo
IV. Giga: Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Sarabanda: Largo
IV. Allegro assai
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma poco
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro assai
III. Andante: Arpeggio sempre
IV. Minuetto: Allegro moderato
I. Andante affettuoso
II. Allemanda, allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo
IV. Giga, allegro ma non presto
I. Largo ma non troppo lento
II. Allegro
III. Largo un poco andante
IV. Allegro
I. Dolce - Andante
II. Allemanda: Allegro ma non troppo
III. Sarabanda: Adagio
IV. Minuetto: Allegro non troppo
1. Un poco andante
2. Allegro
3. Sarabande (Largo)
4. Tambourin (Presto)
I. Andante spirituoso
II. Allegro
III. Sarabanda: Largo
IV. Allegro assai
V. Presto
I. Andante
II. Allegro assai
III. Adagio
I. Dolce andante
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Affettuoso
IV. Giga: Allegro moderato
I. Andante ma non troppo
II. Allegro assai
III. Andante
IV. Tempo di Ciaccona
I. Allegro
II. Allegro ma poco
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Sarabanda: Largo
III. Allegro
I. Adagio Vivace
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro assai
II. Aria: Andante grazioso
III. Gigue: Allegro moderato
I. Allegro ma poco
II. Gavotte
I. Andante sempre piano -
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
Sonata, Op. 3, No. 4, in F: Allegro assai
Aria: Andante grazioso
Gigue: Allegro moderato
I. Andante sempre piano -
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro ma poco
II. Andante: Amoroso - Altro
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro ma poco
II. Largo
III. Minuetto: Non tropo allegro - Altro
IV. Allegro
I. Un poco andante
II. Un poco andante
III. Sarabanda: Largo
IV. Giga: Prestissimo
I. Andante
II. Allegro moderato
III. Largo
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro
II. Aria Grtioso: Andante - Un poco piu allegro - Piu andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Allego moderato
III. Andante: Dolce
IV. Allegro non presto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo [Cantabile]
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Aria: Allegro ma poco
IV. Sarabanda: Largo
V. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Andante ma non troppo
IV. Presto
I. Andante
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Grazioso
IV. Giga: Allegro ma non troppo
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Gavotta: Grazioso, un poco andante
IV. Vivace
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Largo [Cantabile]
IV. Allegro
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Aria: Allegro ma poco
IV. Sarabanda: Largo
V. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Andante ma non troppo
IV. Presto
I. Dolce: Andante
II. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Aria: Affetuoso
IV. Giga: Allegro moderato
I. Ouverture: Gravement - Vivement
II. Legerement
III. Airs I and II: Gracieusement - Un peu gay
IV. Chaconne


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