The Chevalier de Saint-Georges: Virtuoso of the Sword and the Bow

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Pendragon Press, 2006 - 566 pages
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The Chevalier de Saint-Georges, born Joseph Bologne, was the son of an African slave and a French plantation owner on the island of Guadeloupe. The story of his improbable rise in French society, his life as a famous fencer, celebrated violinist-composer and conductor, and later commander of a colored regiment in the French Revolution, should, on the facts alone, gladden the heart of the most passionate romance novelist. Yet, the information disseminated about this illustre inconnu is found in an extravagant nineteenth-century novel, which contains more fiction than fact. Unfortunately, many of the author's flights of fancy have found their way into serious works about Saint-Georges. Gabriel Banat has set about systematically dispelling the confusion, for the real story is easily as fascinating as any flight of fancy. Gabriel Banat has been a professional violinist all his life; recitalist and member of the New York Philharmonic, he has systematically scoured the violin repertory for interesting and even unknown music. He came across the works of St. Georges and was fascinated by the freshness and charm of these 18th-century compositions. Eventually, he edited a critical edition of all the violin music and, inevitably, began a systematic investigation into the life of this intriguing and multifaceted individual, utilizing archives of the French Land Army, official clippings and untapped personal diaries of St. Georges contemporaries. Banat is the author of an authoritative monograph on St. Georges in the Black Music Research Journal.
 

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This book is far more than a biography. One would be hard pressed to find an adventure novel more captivating than the factual story of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Born in 1745 in ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

The Island 1
23
Joseph 5
30
The Trial 12
31
People of Color
35
Return to France
41
Paris
46
The Prodigy
55
Too Many Blacks
69
London
282
The Gathering Storm
301
The Bastille
312
Revolution
326
An Orleans Conspiracy?
333
Return to London
343
Lille
355
The National Guard
360

The Chevalier de SaintGeorges
76
A Young Man about Town
91
Virtuoso
97
Gossec
113
The New Bow
121
Quartets and Concertos
125
Gluck and Marie Antoinette
141
Concertos and Symphonies Concertantes
161
The Opera Affair
179
Ernestine
193
Madame de Montesson
203
Madame de Montalembert
221
LAmant Anonyme
233
Le Concert des Amateurs
245
The Grand Orient of France
253
Le Concert Olympique
261
Le PalaisRoyal
275
La Legion SaintGeorges
373
Regicide
386
The Great Terror
400
Too Many Colonels
415
Paris 1795
427
SaintDomingue
437
CodaFinale
451
Epilogue
457
Postlude
462
Appendices
467
Works List
471
Discography
481
Documents
484
Bibliography
523
Index
544
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