The new Searchlight Pictures film Chevalier is re-introducing the world to one of the most prodigious composers and violinists of the 18th century. Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was born to an enslaved Senegalese woman before being taken to France. He eventually rose to recognition in the court of Marie Antoinette as a musical master, an exceptional fencer, and a singularly talented violinist. Though much of his work was lost or destroyed during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte, the surviving pieces by Joseph Bologne make evident that he was a worthy contemporary of the best-known composers of the time.

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Author: Owen Danoff