Joseph de Bologne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges died on this date in 1799. Born in Guadeloupe the son of a slave, he rose to prominence in Paris as swordsman, equestrian, classical musician and composer.
For extensive information on the African heritage in classical music, see William J. Zick's encyclopedic Africlassical website and blog.
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