Men of Distinction – Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799).

Born in the Caribbean to a French plantation owner and an enslaved African woman, Boulogne was renowned for his swordsmanship and athleticism; he also gained considerable fame as a composer and violinist, often referred to as the ‘Black Mozart’ for his musical prowess. It was noted that he excelled at fencing as a youth, and was praised by his contemporaries for his skill and grace in masterfully defeating his peers. During that time, he studied under several prominent Parisian musicians, gaining notoriety for his compositions and abilities. As an aristocrat, he served in the army during the revolution, commanding a regiment of free black volunteers, and also led the ensemble of the Concert des Amateurs, in which he played violin.

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2 comments

  1. gypsy11

    I look forward to these moments in history that I, and I’m sure most, have been unaware of. This guy LOOKS noble and aristocratic!!! Handsome too! And a beautiful violin concerto. He was multi-talented.

    • wyco

      Thanks for always reading! The man most certainly embodies the title of ‘man of distinction’. A wonderful artist.

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