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Music of the Baroque presents
A New Concert Play with Orchestra
Written and directed by Bill Barclay
Music by Joseph Bologne with additional music by W. A. Mozart & Christoph Willibald Glück
Music arranged by Bill Barclay
Commissioned by The Boston Symphony Orchestra (2018)
Debuted at the Tanglewood Learning Institute (2019)
Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (2020)
Recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Grant (2021)
“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” –Voltaire
The Chevalier is a new concert drama with symphonic music about the first major Black classical composer, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Audiences discover his true friendships with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Marie Antoinette, and his unknown contribution to the abolishment of slavery.
This is a true story of three immigrants: Marie Antoinette, Mozart, and the Chevalier. A finalist for the National Playwright’s Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The Chevalier is a meditation on the true nature of equality, conflating the fervor of the French Revolution with the Resistance against authoritarianism unfolding today.
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges was a master composer of music, a virtuosic violinist, one of the finest fencers in all of Europe, a military general of Europe’s first Black regiment, and a crusader for equality. Unfortunately, he was also an extraordinary artist of color nearly forgotten in a white-washed history. His story is bursting to be told—and the time is now.
Son of a slave and French aristocrat, Joseph Bologne reached the top of his game: a music teacher to Marie Antoinette and Europe’s fencer to beat. But when a bedridden Mozart is carried into Bologne’s kitchen, it attracts the attention of a secret police force returning people of color to slavery. As Paris hurtles toward the Revolution, Bologne is forced to choose between his creative freedom and the crusade for equality. Can he sacrifice his musical bow for his military sword?
The Chevalier – Music Repertoire
A Spotify playlist of the music is streamable HERE.
All music by Joseph Bologne, except where noted.
Symphony No.2 in D major, Op. 11 – complete
Violin Concerto Op.3, No.1 in D major – II. Adagio
Symphony No 1 in G major, Op. 11 – III. Allegro assai
Violin Sonata No.2 in A major – complete
Piano Sonata in A minor, K.310 (short selection) by W. A. Mozart
Dance of the Blessed Spirits (short selection) by Christoph Willibald Glück
L’Amant anonyme: Ballet No.1
Violin Concerto in A major, Op.5, No.2 – I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in A major, Op.7, No.1 – I. Allegro moderato
Symphony Concertante in G major, Op.13 – II. Rondeau & cadenza
Adagio in F Minor – piano solo
Violin Concerto No.9 in G major, Op.8 – III. Rondeau