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GUILLEMAIN Louis Gabriel (1705-1770)

« Seeing that he was talented for the violin, the count of Rochechouart had him learned it. He worked a great deal; he was in Italy were he played with Somis.”

Entered the Lyon opera as a symphonist; then as a first violinist at the “Académie de musique de Dijon”. C. 1737 became a “ Musicien de la Chapelle et de la Chambre du Roy ». In 1747 he was engaged as upper violin in the « orchestre du theater des Petits-Cabinets”.

Crippled with debts, “his thinking disturbed” without a doubt alcoholic, he committed suicide by stabbing himself with a knife 14 times at Chaville (1.X.1770).

“He is perhaps the fasted and most extraordinary violinist that can be heard. His hand is sparkling , there is not a single difficulty that can stop him.” (P.L. d’Aquin de Chateau Lyon).

- Twelve caprices for solo violin. Paris (1712). (Ref.1003)

The twelve Caprices for solo violin, which are remarkably difficult, are among the masterpieces of French violin music and also look forward to Paganini’s Caprices. Much of the repertoire for two instruments was accessible to amateurs. This repertoire was precious, as he did not require the presence of a keyboard or string bass. The opus IV is very difficult – the opus V is accessible to amateurs.
Prefaces : biography – arpeggi

- First book of sonatas for violin with continuo bass. Paris (c.1740). (Ref.1011)

The facsimile reproduces the second edition, revised and corrected by the composer.

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- VI sonatas for two violins without bass. Opus IV. Paris (1739). (Ref.5771)

- Second book of sonatas for two violins without bass. Opus V. Paris, 1739. (Ref.5819)

Much of the repertoire for two instruments was accessible to amateurs. This repertoire was precious, as he did not require the presence of a keyboard or string bass. The opus IV is very difficult – the opus V is accessible to amateurs.

- Six sonates en quatuors ou conversations galantes et amusantes (flûte, violon, basse de viole, basse continue). Œuvre XII. Paris, (1743). (Ref.5818)

    Classical music scores - Sheet music - Guillemain - Six sonates en quatuors - Flute Viola da gamba Violin

This work is noteworthy for its finesse, the careful balance between the instruments and its synthesis of French and Italian taste. Its title “Conversations galantes et amusantes” is perfectly justified by the interaction of motifs continually passing from one instrument to the other. Nothing is forced : neither the moderate tempi, not the discreet ornamentation, nor the perfection and lightness of the writing.

Introductions to the works of Guillemain : Philippe Lescat – Jean Saint-Arroman – Etudiants du Cefedem.

Prefaces : biography, catalogue of Guillemain’s works, terminology, ornamentation, Concert Spirituel, sonates for 2 violins without bass published en France.