Sunday, February 8, 2009

African Man Influcened Mozart: Le Mozart Noir

From Media Headquarters Film & Television Inc. comes a fascinating and groundbreaking performance art documentary on the life and music of Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier Saint Georges, also known as “Le Mozart Noir”.

Filmed for the first time, the story of Saint Georges portrays the remarkable life of a man who overcame the adversities of class, race and society to become a superstar in 18th century France. Born on Christmas Day, 1745 in Guadeloupe to a slave and a French colonialist, Saint Georges grew to be the first black man to lead France’s most important orchestras. His musical compositions inspired Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. As if that weren’t enough, Saint-Georges was also France’s finest fencer, a famed lover, and a General who led an army of 1000 black soldiers in the French Revolution – unprecedented in European history.

Through the use of beautifully rendered historical recreations, archive-based narration and orchestral performance by the world-famous Tafelmusik Orchestra, Le Mozart Noir reveals in fascinating detail how such a talent was submerged beneath the waves of history.

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1 comment:

Thought said...

Thats really interesting. I wonder where I can go to listen to some of his work.