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LECLERC, Michel

Michel Leclerc was born in Liège on 17 March 1914. He was only four when he started his first music lessons, first instructed by his grand-uncle, and later by his own father.

In 1925, he joined the Royal Music Conservatory of Liège where he completed his studies in violin and musical writing.

He was awarded a prize for Musical Theory in 1928, a prize for Harmony in 1930, a prize for Violin in 1931, a prize for Chamber Music in 1932, a Master Degree as well as the “Médaille de Vermeil” for violin in 1933 and a second prix for Fugue in 1934. Admitted to senior violin class at the National Conservatory of Paris in 1934, he became first violin at Paris Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Pierre Monteux. Upon his return to Belgium in 1935, ha has remained violinist for over 11 years at the I.N.R. Orchestra conducted by Désiré Defaux, Franz André, Théo Dejoncker and Daniel Sternefeld. As an instrumentalist, he gave several solo concerts whether in recital or with an orchestra. He was very active chambrist. He has been a member of various ensemble, including the “la Duchesse de Vendôme Quartet”, “Belgium Instrumental Quintet“, “Ad Artem Quartet” and the “Quartet of Liège”, until the death of Jean Rogister. From 1946 to 1976, he taught Chamber Music at the Conservatory of Liège and Harmony at the Music Academy of Amay. As of 1949, Michel Leclerc has been music programme planner and later producer at the RTB Centre in Liège.

Following his retirement, Michel Leclerc dedicated himself solely to composition. His large musical production embraced a diverse range of fields including instrumental, orchestral and vocal.

Michel Leclerc always asserted he did not belong to any movement and often defined himself as a typically Walloon, independent, humorist, sensitive, tender but meanwhile rebellious impressionist. It is a fact that he always wrote with total freedom and felt close to any sincere composers, irrespective of their means of expression or techniques. In contrast, he asserted that he felt unfamiliar to those composers who tried to reproduce noise ersatz by ignoring sensibility and poetry.

His orchestration was airy and forceful, spicy but lacking exaggeration in strident sounds, and revealed frank style and language in a neat and precise way.

Michel Leclerc retreated in Saint-Charles convalescent home located in Landenne-sur-Meuse, between Namur and Huy. He passed away in Waremme on 20 September 1995.

works

  • 21 jingles pour Liège Week-End, 1968
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • A mi-voix, 1935
    piano 00:00:00
  • A rêve ouvert, 1973
    harp, oboe and viola 00:00:00
  • Au coeur de la Cité Ardente (Liège), 1988
    soprano saxophone and piano 00:12:30
  • Berceuse pour Didier, 1974
    four-handed piano 00:00:00
  • Berceuse pour Didier, 1974
    organ 00:00:00
  • Brindilles, 1979
    violin 00:00:00
  • C'était un soir au bois d'Avroy, 1970
    guitar 00:06:00
  • Cap Gris-Nez, 1970
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • Caprice n°1, 1966
    violin 00:00:00
  • Carnaval Maestricht 1964, 1964
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • Chantebise, 1967
    cello and harpsichord 00:19:00
  • Cinq esquisses, 1990
    Celtic harp 00:00:00
  • Cinq piècettes, 1970
    horn and piano 00:00:00
  • Colin-Maillart, 1969
    guitar, flute, violin, viola and cello 00:14:30
  • Concerto
    horn and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Concerto, 1981
    viola and piano 00:00:00
  • Concerto, 1969
    guitar and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Concerto, 1977
    violin, strings and piano 00:00:00
  • Concerto, 1957
    bassoon and piano 00:18:00
  • Concerto
    horn and piano 00:00:00
  • Concerto, 1977
    violin and piano 00:00:00
  • Concerto
    horn and piano 00:00:00
  • Concerto pour un virtuose et onze solistes, 1977
    violin and string orchestra 00:27:00
  • Contrastes, 1965
    clarinet and piano 00:00:00
  • Contrastes, 1965
    alto saxophone and piano 00:00:00
  • Croquis d'époques, 1964
    xylophone, string orchestra, celesta and piano 00:17:15
  • Croquis d'époques, 1964
    xylophone and piano 00:17:15
  • Deux cadences
    Soprano and piano 00:00:00
  • Dialogues
    violin and piano 00:07:30
  • Divertissements pour nuages vagabonds, 1958
    piano 00:00:00
  • Douze chansons enfantines
    piano 00:00:00
  • Douze Culs-de-Lampe pour "Contraste"
    flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano 00:00:00
  • Echos de Bethléem, 1937
    organ 00:00:00
  • Etats d'âmes sur dix cordes, 1990
    violin and guitar 00:00:00
  • Etude de concert, 1964
    piano 00:00:00
  • Feu sur le Carnaval de Maestricht, 1970
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • Fin d'été, 1960
    Soprano and piano 00:00:00
  • Flammèches, 1959
    violin and piano 00:00:00
  • Flashes sur le petit monde
    oboe, violin, viola and cello 00:08:00
  • Françoise
    2 pianos 00:00:00
  • Fugue
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:00:00
  • Goutte d'eau, 1960
    middle voice and piano 00:00:00
  • Guitou, 1960
    piano 00:00:00
  • Guitou, 1960
    flute, cello and piano 00:00:00
  • Hommage à Jean Rogister
    viola and piano 00:06:30
  • Improvisation et berceuse, 1979
    5 timpani 00:00:00
  • Indicatif
    chamber orchestra 00:00:00
  • Indicatif "F"
    septet 00:00:00
  • Intermezzo
    string orchestra 00:00:00
  • Jeanne d'Arc, 1983
    11 instruments 00:00:00
  • Jeux de vacances, 1967
    piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass and percussion 00:00:00
  • Jeux mosans, 1953
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:00:00
  • L'air du temps, 1961
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • L'étang, 1936
    violin and piano 00:00:00
  • L'oie de Saint Martin, 1958
    middle voice and piano 00:00:00
  • La matrone d'Ephese, 1958
    opera 00:00:00
  • La pêche au...ton, 1985
    violin and viola 00:00:00
  • La ronde des chérubins, 1958
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:03:00
  • La semaine des quatre jeudis, 1981
    piano, clarinet, horn and trumpet 00:00:00
  • Le bonheur, 1960
    Soprano and piano 00:00:00
  • Le livre de Job, 1957
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • Le miroir magique ou Le bouffon amoureux, 1956
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • Les soeurs Tranquille, 1959
    clarinet, bassoon and piano 00:00:00
  • Lumières et brumes de Meuse
    trumpet and piano 00:06:30
  • Lumières et brumes de Meuse
    trumpet and organ 00:06:30
  • Lumières et brumes de Meuse n°2
    violin and organ 00:00:00
  • Lyette
    doubble bass, alto sax, trumpet and trombone 00:00:00
  • Méandres, 1950
    piano 00:08:00
  • Mes dernières notes, 1994
    piano 00:00:00
  • Mini-ballet
    accordeon 00:00:00
  • Miniaturas para guitarra, 1975
    guitar 00:00:00
  • Mon ami Auguste (le clown), 1987
    alto saxophone and piano 00:00:00
  • Musique pour le Pater, 1960
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:00:00
  • Musique pour rire au Carnaval, 1969
    Choir and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Musique pour vivre, 1966
    celesta 00:00:00
  • Noir sur blanc, 1961
    string orchestra and piano 00:00:00
  • Noir sur blanc, 1961
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • Où vas-tu, Nicolas?
    piano 00:00:00
  • Orgueils, 1956
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • P.T.S. 81, 1981
    recorder and guitar 00:07:50
  • Par monts et par vaux, 1959
    2 trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba 00:00:00
  • Petites ailes
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • Pochade, 1982
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:06:30
  • Primevère, 1958
    middle voice and piano 00:00:00
  • Printemps, 1963
    flute and celesta 00:00:00
  • Quatuor, 1980
    clarinet, 2 violins and piano 00:00:00
  • Quatuor français
    flute, violin, viola and cello 00:00:00
  • Quintette, 1962
    piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass 00:00:00
  • Rythmes et couleurs, 1966
    flute or oboe or clar. or alto sax or bsn. and string orch., piano and celesta 00:05:50
  • Rythmes et couleurs, 1966
    flute and string orchestra, piano and celesta 00:05:50
  • Rythmes et couleurs, 1966
    oboe and string orchestra, piano and celesta 00:05:50
  • Rythmes et couleurs, 1966
    clarinet and string orchestra, piano and celesta 00:05:50
  • Rythmes et couleurs, 1966
    alto sax and string orchestra, piano and celesta 00:05:50
  • Rythmes et couleurs, 1966
    bassoon and string orchestra, piano en celesta 00:05:50
  • Rythmique à la carte, 1988
    piano 00:00:00
  • Salut la vie! - Suite, 1980
    fanfare 00:00:00
  • Semé aux quatre vents, 1991
    4 trombones 00:00:00
  • Sextuor de Noël
    flute, 2 violins, viola, double bass and guitar 00:00:00
  • Silhouettes, 1969
    piano, viola and cello 00:00:00
  • So lès vôyes di Moûse, 1971
    Narrator and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Sonatine, 1980
    guitar 00:00:00
  • Sonatine, 1981
    horn and piano 00:00:00
  • Suite, 1966
    harp and piano 00:00:00
  • Suite au passé simple, 1959
    orchestra 00:00:00
  • Trio
    trumpet, small tuba and big tuba 00:00:00
  • Trio, 1966
    2 trumpets and horn 00:00:00
  • Trio, 1931
    violin, cello and piano 00:00:00
  • Trio, 1960
    violin, cello and piano 00:00:00
  • Trio de la Toccata au Révérend Père Adelin
    trio 00:00:00
  • Trois bluettes, 1977
    flute and guitar 00:09:00
  • Un Hollandais à Maestricht (ou variations peu sérieuses sur un thème donné), 1966
    Choir and orchestra 00:00:00
  • Variations sur un vieux noël wallon, 1958
    piano, guitar, violin and viola 00:00:00
  • Vertbois
    violin, viola, cello and piano 00:00:00
  • Vieux noël
    2 violins, viola and cello 00:00:00
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