His last compositions date from 1762. On his way to Versailles, he stabbed himself with a knife fourteen times and died. Louis-Claude Daquin wrote in his Lettre sur les hommes célèbres (Letter about Famous Men) : "When one speaks of a man full of fire, genius and life, one has to think of Monsieur Guillemain, Ordinaire de la Musique du Roi (Musician by appointment to the King); he is perhaps the most extraordinary and adroit violinist one can hear play. There are no difficulties that can stump him and he can compose learned pieces which sometimes embarrass his rivals. Among the great Masters, this celebrated artist is one of the most productive.
His works are full of touching beauty." Principal compositions * 1734 -- First book of sonatas for violin with basso continuo * 1739 -- Six sonatas for two violins without basso continuo * 1740 -- Six symphonies in the Italian trio style, Op. 6 * 1745 -- Harpsichord sonatas with violin, Op. 13 * 1748 -- La Cabale sur un livret de Saint- Foix, an episodic comedy, created January 11, 1749 at the Comédie-Italienne in Paris * 1752 -- Symphonies in the new concerto style for musettes, vielles, flutes or oboes, Op. 16 * 1762 -- Amusement for solo violin (Op.18), accompanied by several airs by different composers and 12 caprices Read more on Last.fm.
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