“the black Mozart” Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Written by Bram Heemskerk
Published: December 8, 2013 at 7:48 PM [UTC]
In octobre 2005 I was terrible disappointed that I could not hear a violin concerto of Joseph Boulogne (the black Mozart) because the soloist Augustin Dumay was ill that day. I write about it in my blog : This blog Octobre 2005
There I asked the question: "Will I hear Joseph Boulogne ever in my live in the concerthall one day or do I have to wait 20 years for that???"
But now 8 years later again in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam there was a chance to hear this composer :Concertgebouw 7 Decembre2013 Joseph Boulogne
The soloist was Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir and she was not ill but very nervous and made some mistakes and did not seem convinced of herself although in her Bach on Youtube she made a good impression. But that is a detail. I HAVE HEARD JOSEPH BOULOGNE IN A CONCERTHALL !!! and I am very happy about that and had to wait for that moment 8 years instead of 20 years.
This violinconcerto of Joseph Boulogne was played:
and here Elfa Rún Kristinsdóttir with her Bach:
Years ago (around 1976) I played in the Charleston (WV) Symphony Orchestra. We had a special concert of music by black composers and we played a concerto by this composer. The soloist was violinist Sanford Allen, then the first black person ever to be a member of the NYPhil.