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The Music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Joseph Bologne, Jean-Marie Leclair, François-Joseph Gossec

Jeanne Lamon, Linda Melsted, Geneviève Gilardeau

Out now! The Music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Tafelmusik's landmark recording devoted to the music of Joseph Bologne, the influential Black 18th-century composer, is now available on all streaming platforms.

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The Music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Tafelmusik reissues its 2003 landmark recording devoted to the music of Joseph Bologne, the influential Black 18th-century composer. With the goal of properly centring the composer’s achievements, the digital audio release is reissued under a new title, The Music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Tafelmusik has acknowledged that the original title (Le Mozart Noir) and the re-release artwork contributed to and facilitated the erasure of Joseph Bologne and his legacy. Newly commissioned album artwork by Toronto painter Gordon Shadrach and an essay by American conductor and Bologne scholar Marlon Daniel accompany the re-release. The Music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges is now available on major digital platforms.

Who was Joseph Bologne and why has his music been neglected for centuries? The son of a wealthy plantation owner and his mistress, an enslaved woman on the plantation in Guadeloupe, Bologne confronted enormous adversities around class and race throughout his life. He eventually rose to the pinnacle of Parisian society to become one of France’s heroes and a highly regarded 18th-century musical figure.

Tafelmusik’s Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon was an early advocate of Bologne’s music, which she programmed in concerts. Lamon also directed Tafelmusik in the original 2003 audio recording on CBC Records and DVD documentary produced by Media Headquarters.

The Music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges digital album includes orchestral excerpts from the composer’s 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. 3, “Pastorella” by Gossec. Jeanne Lamon, Linda Melsted, and Geneviève Gilardeau are the featured violin soloists.

Gordon Shadrach’s brand-new portrait of Bologne, Opus 7, graces the cover of the reissued digital album. The portrait is informed by Shadrach’s lifelong fascination with the semiotics of clothing and its impact on culture.

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Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

(1748–1799)

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpts from L’amant anonyme (1780):

 

1–3

Ouverture (also pub. as Symphony in D Major, op. 11, no. 2)

 

 

1 Allegro Presto

3:26

 

2 Andante

1:35

 

3 Presto

2:35

4

Contredanse

2:32

5

Ballet no. 1

2:13

6

Ballet no. 6

1:38

 

 

 

 

Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 3, no. 1 (1774)

 

7

Allegro maestoso

10:56

8

Adagio

5:38

9

Rondeau

4:16

 

Linda Melsted, violin soloist

 

 

 

 

 

Symphony in G Major, op. 11, no. 1 (1779)

 

10

Allegro

4:47

11

Andante

5:59

12

Allegro assai

3:20

 

 

 

 

Jean-Marie Leclair

(1697–1764)

 

 

 

 

13

Allegro, from Violin Concerto in F Major, op. 10, no. 4 (1745)

7:15

 

Geneviève Gilardeau, violin soloist

 

 

 

 

 

François-Joseph Gossec

(1734–1829)

 

 

 

 

 

Symphony in D Major, op. 5, no. 3, “Pastorella” (c.1761–2)

 

14

Adagio lento – Allegro

4:16

15

Adagio

3:55

16

Minuetto & Trio

2:35

17

Allegro

4:39

 

 

 

 

TOTAL TIME:

72:51

 
Learn even more about this digital album, and access learning resources about Joseph Bologne, by visiting tafelmusik.org/joseph-bologne
 

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