Le Chevalier de Saint Georges

Le Chevalier de Saint George violinist.conductor

Le Chevalier de Saint George

I have recently come across the music of a number of Black classical musicians of which I had been previously unaware. What a treat it has been to learn about these men and their music. I began working on a project to research “Classical Musicians of the African Diaspora – Pre 20th Century” for my own gratification, as well as to provide a more accurate accounting of history for my students. I will periodically share my research on these musicians. Read on to learn about Le Chevalier de Saint Georges. I have included a link to his violin concertos below. Enjoy!

Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), an Afro-French composer, violinist, and conductor, won his first fame not as a musician but as France’s best fencer.  Born Joseph de Bologne, on December 25, 1745 on a plantation near Basse-Terre, on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, he was the son of a slave woman of African descent and a French plantation owner.  Educated in France, de Bologne was only 19 when his mastery of the violin and the harpsichord earned him a dedication from Antonio Lolli in 1764.  More came from François-Joseph Gossec (1766) and Carl Stamitz (1770).  By 1771, Saint-Georges was first violin of a distinguished 70-member ensemble, Le Concert des amateurs.   He became one of the earliest French composers of string quartets and symphonies concertantes.  His first string quartets were performed in 1772 and published in 1773, the year in which he was appointed conductor.  He later conducted Le Concert de la Loge Olympique, with which he premiered Haydn’s “Paris Symphonies” in 1787; and finally Le Cercle de l’Harmonie.  Saint-Georges directed an important private musical theater, where some of his own songs and musicals were performed.

Take a moment to listen to this Composition of the legendary Le Chevalier de Saint Georges.

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Dr. Greta Pope has enjoyed a three decade career as an in-demand entertainer for corporate events, as well as public and private events of all types. She has performed throughout Europe, the Far East, South America and the Caribbean, as well as in the United States and Canada. Dr. Pope is a published author. Her book is entitled Music, Money & You; Managing the Business. It is used in the Chicago Public Schools and is available at booksellers nationwide. Dr. Pope is President/CEO of Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. since January 1991. The company is in the business of Entertainment Production, Publishing, Recording and Educating. Greta Pope Entertainment products include the shows Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, American Songbook, American Jazz in Paris and International Intourlude. The most recent Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. production is the very popular MOTOWN...Pride of the Motor City! show. For more info visit www.gretapope.com Dr. Greta Pope is the founder of the PrivateMusicStudio.net, where she offers Business Education products for Singers, including Business Courses, Business Consultations, Voice Lessons and Piano Lessons. She also hosts The Business Savvy Singer Podcast. For more information or to join the "tribe" of Business Savvy Singers, visit www.privatemusicstudio.net
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