Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George(s)-3
Joseph Bologne, better known as Chevalier was one of the first classical composers of African heritage! He lived from 1745-1799. He was born in Guadeloupe to an enslaved Mother and eventually moved to France where he spent the rest of his life.
He studied music in France and eventually became a respected composer. He was also the conductor of an orchestra in Paris: Les Concert Des Amateur.
He was considered a musical equal and rival to W.A. Mozart!
A recent movie has been made about his remarkable life.
Listen to some of the following examples:
Sonata for two violins- worth watching!
A short video about his life - I highly recommend watching it!