Joseph Bologne violin concerto

Edited: November 14, 2021, 1:05 PM · Bologne's violin concerto in D Major, published in 1773, reminds me of Beethoven's. Did they perhaps share a common admiration of Handel, and scales and arpeggios?

I enjoyed hearing it in a recording of Linda Melsted and Tafelmusik conducted by Jeanne Lamon.

https://imslp.org/wiki/List_of_works_by_Joseph_Bologne_Saint-Georges

The article below mentions "remarkable similarities between an excerpt from a Boulogne violin concerto (Op. 7, No. 1) from 1777 and a passage from Mozart’s K. 364, from the following year."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/22/arts/music/black-mozart-joseph-boulogne.html

Handel of course, never one to let good music go to waste, would have been quite approving in any case.

Replies (7)

November 14, 2021, 1:17 PM · Is this the same guy who invented luncheon meat?
Edited: November 14, 2021, 1:47 PM · That's baloney.
November 14, 2021, 7:01 PM · I enjoyed listening to that piece. I had not heard before but I liked the style, which is very violinistic. I’m not sure if it influenced Beethoven or not; it sounds closer I’m style to Mozart to my ears.
November 14, 2021, 7:10 PM · As Chevalier de Saint Georges he is quite well known - no Bologne(y)!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevalier_de_Saint-Georges

November 14, 2021, 9:48 PM · There are some really nice violin concertos within his compositions! My son and I have been working on a project to create a score and corrected set of parts, as well as an edited violin part, for op. 4 #2 (another D major concerto). I would love to see these works played more.
November 15, 2021, 2:19 AM · This is not spam...a very worthwhile composer!
November 15, 2021, 3:27 AM · Listen to Hadelich's playing of his Violin Duo No. 3.

Also, he has recently played one of Bologne's violin concertos live, so watch for chances to see that yourself.


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