Mozart Noir: Music of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges


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Created: 2003

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The Black Mozart
Summary: "THE BLACK MOZART (Le Mozart Noir) ... resurrects the lost genius of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a black composer who stunned 18th century Europe with his talents -- but who tragically was forgotten by history. The film is an international co-production (CBC, BBC, TV5), seen in the United States on PBS.

"The son of a slave, Saint-Georges was lifted from plantation life and rose to become an international musical luminary. His story is remarkable by any measure: despite adversities of class, race and prejudice, Saint-Georges proved himself a legendary virtuoso and composer who would inspire Mozart. His challenging concertos were renowned for their complexity. His talent with the violin was rivaled only by his skill with the sword -- he was France's premiere fencer, and led of an army of a thousand black soldiers in the French Revolution. While it is inspiring that a black man accomplished so much in an era of fervent racism and slave-trading, today very few are aware of his ground-breaking achievements and deserved place in Western music. Contrary to the belief that Classical music was the arena exclusively of white Europeans, the film affirms that 'the arts belong to all of us.'

"This arts special incorporates documentary, lush recreation and performances of Saint-Georges' long-silenced masterworks in order to acquaint contemporary audiences with both his life story and his music. The world famous Tafelmusik Orchestra performs with period accuracy. Additional participants include Ashley Horne, of Chicago's New Black Music Repertory Ensemble, and Saint-Georges archivist and author Gabriel Banat. The film has become a catalyst for Saint-Georges' revival in nearly a dozen countries, and is also becoming a valued educational resource, as the first film on the subject. A companion soundtrack was also released in 2003 by CBC Records/Universal Music/Naxos USA."--2003 Peabody Awards entry form.

Corporate Producers: Media Headquarters Film & Television Inc. | Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | British Broadcasting Corporation | TV5 (Cable television network) | Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)

Persons Appearing: Ashley Horne | Gabriel Banat

Broadcast Date: March 6, 2003

Mozart Noir: Music of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Summary: "THE BLACK MOZART (Le Mozart Noir) ... resurrects the lost genius of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a black composer who stunned 18th century Europe with his talents -- but who tragically was forgotten by history. The film is an international co-production (CBC, BBC, TV5), seen in the United States on PBS.

"The son of a slave, Saint-Georges was lifted from plantation life and rose to become an international musical luminary. His story is remarkable by any measure: despite adversities of class, race and prejudice, Saint-Georges proved himself a legendary virtuoso and composer who would inspire Mozart. His challenging concertos were renowned for their complexity. His talent with the violin was rivaled only by his skill with the sword -- he was France's premiere fencer, and led of an army of a thousand black soldiers in the French Revolution. While it is inspiring that a black man accomplished so much in an era of fervent racism and slave-trading, today very few are aware of his ground-breaking achievements and deserved place in Western music. Contrary to the belief that Classical music was the arena exclusively of white Europeans, the film affirms that 'the arts belong to all of us.'

"This arts special incorporates documentary, lush recreation and performances of Saint-Georges' long-silenced masterworks in order to acquaint contemporary audiences with both his life story and his music. The world famous Tafelmusik Orchestra performs with period accuracy. Additional participants include Ashley Horne, of Chicago's New Black Music Repertory Ensemble, and Saint-Georges archivist and author Gabriel Banat. The film has become a catalyst for Saint-Georges' revival in nearly a dozen countries, and is also becoming a valued educational resource, as the first film on the subject. A companion soundtrack was also released in 2003 by CBC Records/Universal Music/Naxos USA."--2003 Peabody Awards entry form.

This is a soundtrack, submitted as a supplement to the entry.

Corporate Producers: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | CBC Records (Firm)

Persons Appearing: Tafelmusik Orchestra

Broadcast Date: 2003