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.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart should be known as "the white Joseph Boulogne." Born a decade before Mozart, Boulogne is actually often referred to as Le Mozart Noir, or "the black Mozart."
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Perhaps we should call him "the white Boulogne."