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The Other Mozart: The Life of the Famous Chevalier de Saint-George

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Joseph Bologne was one of the most famous men in 18th-century France. The son of a slave and a French nobleman in Guadaloupe, the ambitious Joseph moved to Paris, where he was christened the Chevalier de Saint George. During his extraordinary life, he conquered every limitation by becoming a champion swordsman, violin virtuoso, composer, and military commander in the French Revolution. From the plantations of the West Indies to the palace at Versailles, "The Other Mozart" details the true story of a remarkable man. Illustrated by original paintings and archival materials, the Chevalier de Saint George's inspiring and affirming story lives on.

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"Brewster (Anastasia's Album) immerses readers in 18th-century France in this picture-book biography of little-known musician Joseph Bologne Saint-George (1745 — 1799). Famous for more than just his music, the man's drive and talents spurred him to greatness in other areas, such as fencing and military leadership. Born to an enslaved West Indian mother and a French aristocrat, Bologne spent his early childhood in Guadalupe and at age eight moved to Paris where his father, Georges de Bologne-Saint-George, granted him and his mother freedom. His father gave Joseph the title 'the Chevalier de Saint-George,' and later, 'People even called Joseph 'le Mozart noir' — the black Mozart,' for his musical genius. Valesquez's (The Sound That Jazz Makes) elegant paintings, framed in regal hues, depict the chevalier (who was a favorite musician of Marie Antoinette) at his many pursuits. One portrait of a confident, strong Joseph in a fencing stance, backed by an ominous gray sky, appears to be symbolic of the book's recurring theme of his ambition set against a backdrop of prejudice. Art reproductions and photos show places, people and artifacts from this era, and sidebars convey the history of some of these (e.g., a timeline of Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution). These diversions can feel like interruptions to Joseph's story, but the end result is a fascinating story that plucks a remarkable man from obscurity. Ages 5-10. (Jan.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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y_orija, February 2, 2012 (view all comments by y_orija)
I just heard his music this evening on kpfk fm in Los Angeles; www.kpfk.org I was mesmerized! His story is remarkable. He was a real fighter. I hope my students (who tend to give up easily), can learn from him. I will buy the book right away! His story made me even prouder to be black.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810957206
Subtitle:
The Life of the Famous Chevalier de Saint-George
Author:
Brewster, Hugh
Illustrator:
Velasquez, Eric
Author:
Velasquez, Eric
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Music
Subject:
General Juvenile Nonfiction
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Cultural Heritage
Subject:
Juvenile; music; art; multiculturalism
Subject:
People of Color
Copyright:
Publication Date:
December 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from K up to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
10.5 x 10.5 x 0.75 in 1.3 lb
Age Level:
05-10

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Brewster (Anastasia's Album) immerses readers in 18th-century France in this picture-book biography of little-known musician Joseph Bologne Saint-George (1745 — 1799). Famous for more than just his music, the man's drive and talents spurred him to greatness in other areas, such as fencing and military leadership. Born to an enslaved West Indian mother and a French aristocrat, Bologne spent his early childhood in Guadalupe and at age eight moved to Paris where his father, Georges de Bologne-Saint-George, granted him and his mother freedom. His father gave Joseph the title 'the Chevalier de Saint-George,' and later, 'People even called Joseph 'le Mozart noir' — the black Mozart,' for his musical genius. Valesquez's (The Sound That Jazz Makes) elegant paintings, framed in regal hues, depict the chevalier (who was a favorite musician of Marie Antoinette) at his many pursuits. One portrait of a confident, strong Joseph in a fencing stance, backed by an ominous gray sky, appears to be symbolic of the book's recurring theme of his ambition set against a backdrop of prejudice. Art reproductions and photos show places, people and artifacts from this era, and sidebars convey the history of some of these (e.g., a timeline of Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution). These diversions can feel like interruptions to Joseph's story, but the end result is a fascinating story that plucks a remarkable man from obscurity. Ages 5-10. (Jan.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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