Composer of the Week: Bologne

An American in Paris

Episode 1 An American in Paris



Donald Macleod explores the life of 18th-century violinist and conductor Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George, the illegitimate son of a of a Guadeloupe plantation owner and an African slave. Born in 1745 he learnt the violin from an early age, tutored by his father's plantation manager, and by 1749 he and his family had moved to Paris, where he soon found himself enrolled at a specialist fencing school run by Nicolas Texier de la Boëssière, who invented the fencing-mask. The young Joseph took to the sport immediately, and would not only become a celebrated composer with many aristocratic patrons, but also one of the leading fencers of his day in all of France. Bologne: Violin Concerto No 10 in G (1st mvt excerpt). Qian Zhou (violin), Toronto Camerata, Kevin Mallon (conductor). Quartet No 1 in D, Op 14. Apollon Quartet. Harpsichord Sonata No 6 in E. Anne Robert (harpsichord). Violin Concerto No 10 in G. Qian Zhou (violin), Toronto Camerata, Kevin Mallon (conductor).

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Luke Whitlock