Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 31: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges


Dive into the captivating world of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, as we unravel the remarkable life and contributions of one of the most influential figures in pre-revolutionary Paris. In this episode, we’ll embark on a journey through the extraordinary accomplishments — both musical and otherwise — of a man whose legacy transcends time.

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was a true polymath of the 18th century. Born in the Caribbean in the 1730s as the son of a wealthy plantation owner and an African slave, Saint-Georges defied societal norms to become a masterful musician and composer. But that’s not all – his talents extended far beyond the realm of music.

Prepare to be enthralled by the tale of a man who not only conquered the musical stage but also the dueling grounds. Saint-Georges was not only an expert composer but also a skilled swordsman, earning him the title of Chevalier (Knight). His prowess with both the pen and the sword made him a legendary figure in the salons and theaters of Paris.

Delve into the distinct musical achievements of Saint-Georges, from his symphonies to his chamber music. Uncover the challenges he faced as a composer of African ancestry in 18th-century Europe and the lasting impact of his groundbreaking work on classical music.

What led to the neglect of this musical genius, and how did his compositions resurface to claim their rightful place in the classical canon?

Join me on this musical odyssey as we explore the life, legacy, and music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. It’s a tale of triumph over adversity, a symphony of resilience, and a celebration of one man’s indelible mark on the world of classical music.

Tune in, listen closely, and let the melodies of Saint-Georges transport you to a bygone era of elegance, innovation, and unbridled creativity. Don’t miss out on this fascinating episode that promises to be both enlightening and enchanting!

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Overture (Sainte-Georges)

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major (Sainte-Georges)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 31

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with nine performances connected to this episode’s theme. Check it out here.

Subscribe & Review in Apple Podcasts

Are you subscribed to my podcast? If you’re not, head on over to do that today so you don’t miss an episode. Click here to subscribe in Apple Podcasts!

If you’re feeling extra magnanimous, I would be really grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts, too. Those reviews help other families find my podcast learn more about music. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what you love about Busy Kids Love Music. Thanks!