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  Begonia, by Paul-Émile Borduas, 14 January 1924
Paul-Émile Borduas (November 1, 1905 – February 22, 1960)
Photo credit: National Gallery of Canada

Our mini-series on Joseph Bo(u)logne, Chevalier de Saint-George should by now be complete.

Joseph Bologne conducts the “Paris Symphonies

With respect to the biographical video accounts of Bologne’s life and Wikipedia’s entry, I would situate myself between the two.  However, I have to state that it is amazing that the black Mozart should have influenced Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  It is equally amazing that as the Director of the Concert de la Loge Olympique, he should have commissioned Symphonies from Franz Joseph Haydn (31 March 1732 – 31 May 1809), the famous “Paris Symphonies” (1785-1786), and premièred them.

The Chevalier de Saint-George was an esteemed composer and conductor as well as a virtuoso violinist.  Moreover, he was an accomplished swordsman and equestrian.  He was admired by George IV of England, the Prince of Wales, which is not a trivial detail.  Would that Saint-George had fled to England rather than join the French army when the French Revolution started to spin out of control.

Next Post:  Paul-Émile Borduas (Refus Global)

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© Micheline Walker
September 14, 2012
composer: Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George 
Rondeau, Violin Concerto Op. 8