Jean-Marie Leclair (French, 1697-1764): Concerto in D, mvt. 1
Leclair lived during the transition period spanning the late Baroque and early Classical eras. (Incidentally, this happens to be the time in music history which interests me the most.) He is credited with being the founder of the French violin school--which gave us the violin music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and many other non-French composers as well! Leclair's music incorporates the virtuosity of Italian masters such as Vivaldi with the lush harmonies of the French "galant," creating a delightful blend of excitement and elegance.
We heard last week from Gesualdo, who was a murderer; sadly, Leclair was a victim of murder. His gardener, his ex-wife, and his nephew all were suspected; the nephew is believed to be the most likely killer, as he was jealous of Leclair's career and the two often fought.
Here's the great British violinist Monica Huggett performing one of his violin concerti. (on YouTube)
If that's not enough, here she is playing one of his sonatas (on Spotify)
In May 2017 I challenged my students to practice every day for 30 days in a row. In addition, I asked them to listen to 30 bite-sized musical selections I emailed daily. I collected my picks in this blog for posterity. So these are works I find particularly fun, interesting, or important, including a handful by composers who were born or who died in May. Please enjoy!