Opening the next concert on Sunday, June 24, is Leclaire’s Sonata for 2 Violins, Opus 3 no 5 in e minor, performed by Julia Pautz and Kathryn Eberle.
The music of Jean-Marie Leclair (1697 – 1764) has all the stylistic elegance and charm of the ballet music of Jean-Baptiste Lully, music director for Louis XIV, and uniquely captures the idiomatic grace of the Italian composers Vivaldi and Locatelli.
As an artistically gifted young man Jean-Marie Leclair held his first professional job not as a composer or musician, but as a ballet dancer for the Lyon Opera. After marrying a ballerina and holding multiple jobs as a dancer and ballet master in Italy, he apparently realized he could extend his career by pursuing work as a violinist and later a composer.
Thus began his meteoric rise over the next decade culminating in a position at the court of Louis XV to whom he dedicated his Opus 3 violin sonatas.
His personal playing style was described as precise, technically delicate, and cerebral which tidily also describes his Opus 3 compositions. The movements of the e minor sonata roll along in a style as graceful as the courtly dances of the time, but simultaneously ebb and flow towards harmonic climaxes in a forward looking manner more convincing than most baroque instrumental music.
Leclair’s interesting personal story did not end with his rapid rise to the top of the musical world of his day. Following extended tenures at several royal courts in Europe, Leclair retired from public performance and met an unfortunate end, murdered with a stab to the back by his greedy estranged second wife or infuriated nephew in his home in a Parisian ghetto.
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