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Chevalier de Saint-Georges: The Dark Knight
Book, Music & Lyrics by
James A. Goins
Laity Arts & Theatre West
When the free-born son of a French Plantation owner and his Senegal slave is taken to France, the mixed-race boy exceeds the expectations of everyone he encounters and becomes one of the greatest true legends of human achievement the world chose to forget...until now.
Joseph Boulogne was born on a plantation to a French plantation owner and an African slave on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe in 1745. By the time he was 32 years of age, he was the one musician numbered among Marie Antoinette's closer acolytes as her music teacher. Eleven years Mozart's senior, he was a local celebrity both as a musician – violinist and composer – and swordsman. His name was Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
Joseph would rise to such prominence in 18th Century France to become praised by President John Adams as "the most accomplished man in Europe." Saint-Georges would grow to become a master fencer, composer, conductor, and violinist. His compositions would go on to influence even Mozart's musical works. In addition, Saint-Georges led a regiment of one thousand black soldiers during the French Revolution. His exploits and accomplishments would be so extraordinary that Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, who served as his lieutenant, would regale his son with stories of Saint-Georges. As a result, Alexander Dumas would write the Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Georges, a novel loosely based on Saint-Georges himself!
Friend of Joseph Hadyn, the Prince of Wales travel companion, composer, conductor, lover, and commander! Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a person whose history and extraordinary accomplishments the world strangely forgot...until now.
The Island of Guadeloupe, France, and England
1745 - 1799