Born today, Jean Marie Leclair (also know as the Elder as there were a few other musicians in his family) had a good life as a composer and violinist. He is often considered to have founded the French violin school. He married twice, but his second wife is also rumored to be a suspect in his murder most foul.
After his divorce to his second wife, engraver Louise Roussel, he bought a residence is a seedy part of Paris. Bad idea. Six years later he was found stabbed in the back three times.
Was it his ex-wife, who knew his music as his engraver, and was in financial straits at the time? She was able to sell his house, his stuff, and even publish some of his works. (Um, duh. What, was Jacques Clouseau on the case?)
Others point to his nephew who blamed his uncle for not supporting him enough in his own career. The gardener was also suspected as he was the one who “found” the body.
Nevertheless, it bring a terrible end to an otherwise outstanding musical career any of us would have been happy to have. Enjoy some of Leclair’s fine Baroque music here.
Some other articles about Leclair:
Jean – Marie Leclair (1697 – 1764)
Who murdered Jean-Marie Leclair?