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Jean-Marie Leclair (Composer)

Born: 10th May 1697, Lyon, France

Died: 22nd October 1764, Paris, France

Nationality: French

Jean-Marie Leclair l'aîné (Jean-Marie Leclair the Elder) was a French Baroque violinist and composer. He is considered to have founded the French violin school. His brothers, the lesser-known Jean-Marie Leclair the younger (1703–77) as well as Pierre Leclair (1709–84) and Jean-Benoît Leclair (1714–after 1759), were also musicians.

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Recording of the Week, A double-bill of very different Baroque violin albums

Nicola Benedetti makes a successful first venture into early music with a programme of Geminiani and Vivaldi, and Théotime Langlois de Swarte teams up with William Christie to bring some French Baroque gems to light.

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