This article is drawn from the third issue of Tafel: our magazine for the musically curious. Offered three times a year, this publication will, we hope, welcome new friends as well as extend the rich conversations we are already having with so many of you. Read the entire third issue here.
In Conversation: Conductor Marlon Daniel on composer Joseph Bologne
This week, we unveiled Gordon Shadrach’s Opus 7: a brand-new portrait of 18th-century Black composer Joseph Bologne. This portrait will serve as the cover art of our reissued digital album, The Music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
Opus 7 by Gordon Shadrach
In May, we hosted Tafel Talks: Joseph Bologne, Black & Classical. This panel discussion explored the music, life, and legacy of the influential Black violinist and composer, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
In advance of our panel discussion Tafel Talks: Joseph Bologne, Black & Classical, here is a collection of further reading and resources that provide valuable context surrounding Bologne’s storied life and his musical contributions to the classical canon. This talk will also broadly explore Blackness in classical music, and the ongoing challenges Black composers and performers are facing today. Some of the resources below offer ways to discover Black classical music history and challenge notions of whiteness in the classical music world.
On Wednesday May 19 at 7pm EDT, we are hosting Tafel Talks: Joseph Bologne, Black & Classical. This conversation will explore the music, life, and legacy of the influential Black violinist and composer, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Our panel of contributors from New York, Nassau, and Toronto will unpack Bologne’s significance within past and current contexts and discuss the impact of systemic racism in music history.
In this post, get to know the panelists and moderators of this event.
DR. CHRISTINE GANGELHOFF