Chevalier de Saint-George (1745-99)

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 11

In preparation for Delaware County Arts Week, and with support from the Foundation for Delaware, we prepared and performed this symphony by Classical French composer Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-George, who was renowned across Europe (and even in America) as a celebrated violin soloist, master swordsman, and brilliant composer, especially in courtly Paris. President John Adams called him "the most accomplished man in Europe," and his accomplishments are all the more impressive given that he was a Black composer working in 18th century Paris, and faced no small amount of discrimination.

Conducted by Music Director, Dr. Reuben Blundell, the musician's performances were recorded at home, mostly with cell phone cameras, and were sent through Dropbox and other platforms, before being assembled by Blundell in Adobe Premiere.

 

The first video is the full presentation for the Delaware County Arts Week, with an introduction by Dr. Blundell and three musicians, the second video is the performance, alone.