Jean-Marie Leclair, 1697-1764

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Selected Recordings

Op. 7 / Six Concerti à trois violons, alto et basse

Sonata for 2 violin e minor

Violin Sonata Op.1 No.4 in D major

Selected Sheet Music

Ouvertures and Trio Sonatas, Op.13
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Source: IMSLP

Showcase Piece

Scylla et Glaucus

Notes and Commentary

Jean-Marie Leclair, also known as Jean-Marie Leclair the Elder, was a Baroque violinist and composer. He is considered to have founded the French violin school. He drew upon all of Europe’s national styles. Many suites, sonatas, and concertos survive along with his opera, while some vocal works, ballets, and other stage music is lost. He was born in Lyon, left to study dance and the violin in Turin, and moved to Paris in 1723, where he played at the Concert Spirituel, the main semi-public music series. In 1733, he was named ordinaire de la musique by Louis XV, a post he resigned in 1737. A year later he was engaged by the Princess of Orange—himself a fine harpsichordist and former student of Handel—and from 1738 until 1743, he served three months annually at her court in Leeuwarden, working in The Hague as a private maestro di cappella. He returned to Paris in 1743. His only opera, Scylla et Glaucus, was first performed in 1746 and has been revived in modern times. From 1740 until his death in Paris, he served the Duke of Gramont, in whose private theatre at Puteaux were staged works to which Leclair is known to have contributed. They included, in particular, a lengthy divertissement for the comedy Les danger des épreuves (1749) and one complete entrée, Apollon et Climène, for the opéra-ballet by various authors, Les amusemens lyriques (1750). He lived from May 10, 1697, to October 22, 1764.—Excerpted from Wikipedia

Books and Music

Selected Books

Notice sur Rode, Violoniste Français: Violoniste Français (French edition)
Leopold Classic Library (2016)
Arthur Pougin
$11.95 on Amazon

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Selected Music

leclair1 Scylla & Glaucus (2016), 3-CD set

leclair2 Concertos (1999), 1 CD

leclair3 Violin Sonatas, Book 1, Nos. 1-4 (2009), 1 CD

Complete Works

Op. 1 No. 1 – Violin Sonata in A minor
Op. 1 No. 2 – Violin Sonata in C major
Op. 1 No. 3 – Violin Sonata in B flat major
Op. 1 No. 4 – Violin Sonata in D major
Op. 1 No. 5 – Violin Sonata in G major
Op. 1 No. 6 – Violin Sonata in E minor
Op. 1 No. 7 – Violin Sonata in F major
Op. 1 No. 8 – Violin Sonata in G major
Op. 1 No. 9 – Violin Sonata in A major
Op. 1 No. 10 – Violin Sonata in D major
Op. 1 No. 11 – Violin Sonata in B flat major
Op. 1 No. 12 – Violin Sonata in B minor
Op. 2 No. 1 – Violin Sonata in E minor
Op. 2 No. 2 – Violin Sonata in F major
Op. 2 No. 3 – Violin Sonata in C major
Op. 2 No. 4 – Violin Sonata in A major
Op. 2 No. 5 – Violin Sonata in G major
Op. 2 No. 6 – Violin Sonata in D major
Op. 2 No. 7 – Violin Sonata in B flat major
Op. 2 No. 8 – Violin Sonata in D major
Op. 2 No. 9 – Violin Sonata in E major
Op. 2 No. 10 – Violin Sonata in C minor
Op. 2 No. 11 – Violin Sonata in B minor
Op. 2 No. 12 – Violin Sonata in G minor
Op. 3 No. 1 – Sonata for 2 violins in G major
Op. 3 No. 2 – Sonata for 2 violins in A major
Op. 3 No. 3 – Sonata for 2 violins in C major
Op. 3 No. 4 – Sonata for 2 violins in F major
Op. 3 No. 5 – Sonata for 2 violins in E minor
Op. 3 No. 6 – Sonata for 2 violins in D major
Op. 4 No. 1 – Trio for 2 violins & continuo in D minor
Op. 4 No. 2 – Trio for 2 violins & continuo in B flat major
Op. 4 No. 3 – Trio for 2 violins & continuo in D minor
Op. 4 No. 4 – Trio for 2 violins & continuo in F major
Op. 4 No. 5 – Trio for 2 violins & continuo in G minor
Op. 4 No. 6 – Trio for 2 violins & continuo in A major
Op. 5 No. 1 – Violin Sonata in A major
Op. 5 No. 2 – Violin Sonata in F major
Op. 5 No. 3 – Violin Sonata in E minor
Op. 5 No. 4 – Violin Sonata in B flat major
Op. 5 No. 5 – Violin Sonata in B minor
Op. 5 No. 6 – Violin Sonata in C minor
Op. 5 No. 7 – Violin Sonata in A minor
Op. 5 No. 8 – Violin Sonata in D major
Op. 5 No. 9 – Violin Sonata in E major
Op. 5 No. 10 – Violin Sonata in C major
Op. 5 No. 11 – Violin Sonata in G minor
Op. 5 No. 12 – Violin Sonata in G major
Op. 6 – Récréation de musique in D major
Op. 7 No. 1 – Violin Concerto in D minor (1737 homotonal, with all movements in D minor)
Op. 7 No. 2 – Violin Concerto in D major
Op. 7 No. 3 – Violin Concerto in C major
Op. 7 No. 4 – Violin Concerto in F major
Op. 7 No. 5 – Violin Concerto in A minor
Op. 7 No. 6 – Violin Concerto in A major
Op. 8 – Récréation de musique in G minor
Op. 9 No. 1 – Violin Sonata in A major
Op. 9 No. 2 – Violin Sonata in E minor
Op. 9 No. 3 – Violin Sonata in D major
Op. 9 No. 4 – Violin Sonata in A major
Op. 9 No. 5 – Violin Sonata in A minor
Op. 9 No. 6 – Violin Sonata in D major
Op. 9 No. 7 – Violin Sonata in G major
Op. 9 No. 8 – Violin Sonata in C major
Op. 9 No. 9 – Violin Sonata in E flat major
Op. 9 No. 10 – Violin Sonata in F sharp minor
Op. 9 No. 11 – Violin Sonata in G minor
Op. 9 No. 12 – Violin Sonata in G major
Op. 10 No. 1 – Violin Concerto in B flat major
Op. 10 No. 2 – Violin Concerto in A major
Op. 10 No. 3 – Violin Concerto in D major
Op. 10 No. 4 – Violin Concerto in F major
Op. 10 No. 5 – Violin Concerto in E minor
Op. 10 No. 6 – Violin Concerto in G minor
Op. 11 – Scylla et Glaucus, tragédie en musique with prologue and five acts (opera, fp. 1746)
Op. 12 No. 1 – Sonata for 2 violins in B minor
Op. 12 No. 2 – Sonata for 2 violins in E major
Op. 12 No. 3 – Sonata for 2 violins in D major
Op. 12 No. 4 – Sonata for 2 violins in A major
Op. 12 No. 5 – Sonata for 2 violins in G minor
Op. 12 No. 6 – Sonata for 2 violins in B flat major
Divertissement for Le danger des épreuves, a 1 act comedy given at the Duke of Gramont’s theatre at Puteaux on 19 June 1749 [lost]
Apollon et Climène, second entrée of Les amusements lyriques, given at the Duke of Gramont’s theatre at Puteaux, in February 1750 [lost]
Incidental airs and dances for various theatrical productions (1751–1764) [lost]
Op. 13 No. 1 – Ouvertura for 2 violins & continuo in G major
Op. 13 No. 2 – Trio for 2 violins & continuo in D major
Op. 13 No. 3 – Ouvertura for 2 violins & continuo in D major
Op. 13 No. 4 – Trio for 2 violins & continuo in B minor
Op. 13 No. 5 – Ouvertura for 2 violins & continuo in A major
Op. 13 No. 6 – Trio for 2 violins & continuo in G minor
Op. 14 – Trio for 2 violins & continuo in A major
Op. 15 – Violin Sonata in F major
Source: Wikipedia
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