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Black Musicians Throughout History

This week on TLG, we are supporting Black History Month with a video that will hopefully get more discussion about an oft-overlooked group of classical musicians.

Thank you all for your support so far, and please do keep this conversation going!

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Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges is World History

The Chevalier was a champion fencer, a virtuoso violinist, a patriot abolitionist, and the conductor for France’s leading orchestra during the revolutionary period. He mounted operas, was esteemed and supported unconditionally by Queen Marie Antoinette, and became colonel of Europe’s first all-black military regiment.

[…] I find myself at last in a time when I cannot be refused the bright light of justice, when the most ardent of all my wishes is only to continue to serve my country, to offer it the last drop of my blood.”

Know your history, world. Black history is world history.