THE OTHER MOZART by Hugh Brewster

THE OTHER MOZART

The Life of the Famous Chevalier de Saint-George
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Age Range: 11 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

Brewster introduces the multi-talented life of the man known to the French as Le Mozart Noir. Joseph Bologne was born in the West Indies in 1745 to a slave mother and plantation-owning father. He was well-schooled and given the title “chevalier” to prepare him for the move to the very critical French court. By age 13, Joseph went to an academic fencing school where he excelled in both fencing and music. He fenced with the Italian master Faldoni, and Queen Marie Antoinette asked him to play the violin with her at the keyboard. His talents were known and admired, yet Parisian society would not allow a mulatto to conduct the Opera nor be married to a noble woman. He did, however, become conductor of the Paris Orchestra, for which Haydn wrote six symphonies. Despite supporting the French Revolution, dropping his title and commanding troops, his connection to the court landed him in prison on false charges. Following the revolution, he was sent to Haiti to stop an uprising. This is a fascinating life laid out in clear writing that blends 16th-century history with his biography, as it combines wonderful historical and lush original art. (author’s note, bibliography, quote and picture credits, glossary, discography) (Nonfiction. 11-14)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-8109-5720-5
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Abrams
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2006




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