Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

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  • First known classical composer of African ancestry
  • Born in Guadaloupe in the Caribbean to a wealthy colonial and his African slave
  • Moved to France as a child
  • Was one of the most important composers in Paris before the French Revolution
  • Was an accomplished fencer who competed against the best swordsmen of Europe
  • Was an excellent violinist
  • Would have known Mozart, as they worked under the same roof for two months

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  • Saint-Georges poster (PDF)

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