Jean Marie Leclair (l'ainé), Composer
(1697-1764). French ballet master, violinist, composer, and founder of the French violin school. Leclair came from a large musical family in Lyon. Early on he was active as a dancer and ballet master in Lyon and Turin. In Paris, his Opus 1 Sonatas were published in 1723, and in the following years his violin playing and compositions became his main focus. By the 1730's he was in Paris as a musician at the court of Louis XV, but frequently traveled abroad. These travels, along with man...