Joseph Bologne was born on a plantation to a French commoner and an African slave on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe in the year 1745. By the time he was 32 years of age, he was the one musician numbered among Marie Antoinette's closer acolytes as her music teacher. Eleven years Mozart's senior, he was a local celebrity both as a musician – violinist and composer – and swordsman. His name was Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
Joseph would rise to such prominence in 18th Century France to become praised by President John Adams as "the most accomplished man in Europe." Saint-Georges would grow to become a master fencer, composer, conductor, and violinist. His compositions would go on to influence even Mozart's musical works. In addition, Saint-Georges would lead a regiment of one thousand black soldiers during the French Revolution. His exploits and accomplishments would be so extraordinary that Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, who served as his lieutenant, would regale his son with stories of Saint-Georges. As a result, Alexander Dumas would write the Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Georges, a novel loosely based on Saint-Georges himself!
Friend of Joseph Hadyn, the Prince of Wales travel companion, composer, conductor, lover, and commander! Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a person whose history and extraordinary accomplishments history strangely forgot.
Set Requirements: Single Set with Multiple levels. Props and set pieces determine locations.
Rehearsal Materials Include:
- 1 Libretto or File Download to print 12 scripts
- 1 Piano Vocal Score or File Download
- 1 Vocal Demo of Show or File Download
- 1 Instrumental Show CD or File Download
Additional Items to consider:
- Conductor Score w/parts - Purchased Separately
- Additional $300 License Fee required for theatres above 300 seats - Purchased Separately
Flat Fee License
Note: $2100 is a flat fee license for up to 6 performances in houses under 300 seats.