Joseph Boulogne Was The "Black Mozart" Before Mozart Was Alive

Joseph Boulogne Was The "Black Mozart" Before Mozart Was Alive

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart should be known as "the white Joseph Boulogne." Born a decade before Mozart, Boulogne is often referred to as "the black Mozart." Operating under the stage name Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Boulogne was a virtuoso violinist as well as the first known classical music composer of African descent. But his amazing music wasn't his only achievement -- Boulogne was a world-champion fencer, and commanded the first unit of black soldiers in European history. Boulogne did all this despite being born on a Caribbean plantation to a French commoner and an African slave, which, at his time, would have made it exceptionally difficult to achieve his level of fame and success.

See all

Musicians

Eating

Marriage

Sports

Get smarter every day! Like us on Facebook.
You'll get the most interesting and engaging topics in your feed, straight from our team of experts.