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The Early Music Show

Black Mozart

Saturday 16 October 2004 13:00-14:00 (Radio 3)

On Christmas Day 1739 in Guadeloupe, a child was born to a rich colonist and his negress slave mistress. This child was Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint George, who rose through Eighteenth-century aristocratic circles to become one
of the most fascinating and respected figures in the Paris musical scene.

Lucie Skeaping looks at some of the music written by this mixed-race misfit, who came to become one of the most remarkable figures in the Age of Enlightenment.


1 hour


COMPOSER: Joseph Boulogne: Chevalier de Saint George

Sonata No 3 en sol mineur- Allegro
ARION ARN 55445,
Track 6

Concerto in A major, Opus 5 No 2
NAXOS 8.555040,
Tracks 4-6

Scena from “Ernestine”
(vinyl), Side 2, Band 3  

Quartuor no. 6, Opus 14 in Sol minuer
VALOIS V 4761,
Tracks 4-5

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