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Le Mozart Noir (CD + DVD)

Joseph Boulogne

Jeanne Lamon, Linda Melsted, Geneviève Gilardeau

Disclaimer: We recognize that by using the title Le Mozart Noir, and by using artwork which depicts the composer with an abstracted blank face, we have contributed to and facilitated the erasure of Joseph Boulogne and his legacy. We regret, and apologize for, these actions, and are planning steps to reframe and contextualize the album, with a goal of properly centring and championing Boulogne. On June 18, 2021, Tafelmusik will reissue this recording, with the goal of properly centring the composer’s achievements: the digital audio release will be reissued under a new title, The Music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and with newly commissioned album artwork. Tafelmusik’s anti-racism statement, and report on the actions and commitments Tafelmusik has undertaken to date, can be visited at
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Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra proudly presents the re-release of Le Mozart Noir, an award-winning film that uncovers the mystery around Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a Black eighteenth-century violinist and composer. The son of a French owner of a plantation in Guadaloupe and a Black slave, Saint-Georges overcame adversities of class, race, and prejudice to become a highly regarded musical figure in pre-Revolutionary Paris. Saint-Georges also possessed remarkable skills as an accomplished athlete, swordsman, and military man who led a troop of 1000 Black soldiers known as the “Légion Saint-Georges.”
Through dramatic recreations and interviews with expert musicians and musicologists, Le Mozart Noir portrays Saint-Georges’ rise to prominence as one of France’s most popular heroes, and his tragic fall from history. 
Le Mozart Noir offers a window into the spirit of this remarkable historical figure and features the music of Saint-Georges, along with works by his mentors Jean-Marie Leclair and François-Joseph Gossec, performed by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon
The DVD is accompanied by a CD recording which includes orchestral excerpts from the opera L’amant anonyme, the Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 3, no. 1, and the Symphony in G Major, op. 11, no. 1 by Saint-Georges; the Allegro from the Violin Concerto in F Major, op. 10, no. 4 by Leclair; and the Symphony in D Major, op. 5, no. 5, “Pastorella” by Gossec.
Le Mozart Noir is a Media Headquarters production directed by Raymon Saint-Jean. The film has been broadcast on CBC, BBC, TV5, and ARTV among others, and has garnered a number of distinctions including Winner of the Banff World Television Award, Finalist for the The Golden Rose of Montreux, and five Gemini Award Nominations.

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Still of Le Mozart Noir film
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