Tuesday, December 25, 2012

December 25 Birthday: Joseph Boulogne

Joseph Boulogne, musician
December 25, 1745-June 10, 1799

Before There was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome (Schwartz & Wade, 2011)

When Boulogne was born the midwife said, “One day this boy will meet the king and queen of France.” A bold prediction for a boy whose father was a white plantation owner in the West Indies and his mother a black slave. But it happened. And music was the reason.

AfriClassical.com provides a photograph of Saint-George along with an extensive biography.