History For Tomorrow

As Black History Month winds down, let us remember that the rich heritage of African-Americans and people of color can continue even after today ends. Contributions in the area of arts cannot be overlooked. This posting highlights two little known composers who lived extraordinary lives inside and outside of the realm of music.

Florence Beatrice Price (Photo from Biography.com)

Florence Beatrice Price (1887-1953)

-Born in Little Rock, Arkansas

-Began composing at the age of 11

-Single mother

-First African-American woman to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra.

Joseph de Bologne/Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Joseph de Bologne

Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges


-Officer of the King's Guard

-Only 1 known fencing defeat

-Studied with composers Gossic and Leclair

-Skilled in harpsichord and violin

-Performed with Queen Marie-Antoinette

-Colonel in French Revolution


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