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The mid-decades of the 18th century bore witness to a volcano of intellectual activity that became known as the Age of Enlightenment. With regard to music, there was an all-encompassing stylistic revolution, the development and implementation of techniques in instrumental composition that would dominate musical thinking for the next two centuries. But for most listeners and performers, this period remains largely unexplored. We seldom stop to think that many of the composers are unknown to all save a number of musicologists. Artaria Editions aims to change this by selling high quality sheet music editions of classical music. It was founded in 1995 to bring the music of the Viennese eighteenth century back to life.
The beautiful and fascinating repertoire from the age of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven enlarges our concept of the period and performers will welcome these new ideas from the Classical era that will appeal to audiences looking for something new but familiar. Find works from the age of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Discover music by Franz Beck, Franz Xaver Dussek, Leopold Hofmann and Johann Baptist Wanhal, as well as a long list of other composers. Artaria’s objective is to produce clean, erudite scores and parts that as far as possible faithfully represent the composer's intentions as transmitted by the source or sources being used.
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This month’s featured composer: Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges (1745–1799)
Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges was a colourful character: soldier – considered the finest swordsman in Europe – composer, violinist, musical director and vagabond.
The son of a former councillor in the Parlement at Metz and an African slave from Guadeloupe, Joseph Bologne, le Chevalier de Saint-Georges was born near Basse Terre, Guadeloupe, and lived for some time on an estate on St Domingue (now Haiti) before his family finally settled in Paris in around 1749.
He was widely regarded as the most accomplished man of his age. In the course of his colourful career he won great fame as violinist, composer and music director. When his musical fortunes fluctuated Saint-Georges, considered to be the finest swordsman in Europe, fought exhibition matches. The combination of artist, athlete and man of action – for he also held military commands during the revolutionary period – is unique in the history of music and the man himself scarcely less extraordinary than the phenomenal range of his talents.
In his desire to take a more active part in the Revolution, Saint-Georges formed a corps of light troops in the summer of 1792.
Known as the Légion Nationale du Midi, the corps enjoyed little military success. Saint-Georges was relieved of his command, imprisoned for 18 months, and on his release forbidden to live near his former comrades.
Unemployed again, Saint-Georges led a vagabond existence and lived for a time on St Dominque. Around 1797 he returned to Paris where he served briefly as a director of a new musical organization, the Cercle de l’Harmonie, based in the former residence of the Orleans family. He died in Paris in June 1799.
Read the full biography here: https://www.artaria.com/pages/saint-georges-joseph-bologne-de-1745-1799
Explore his music here: https://www.artaria.com/collections/saint-georges-joseph-bologne-de-1745-1799
Listen to his music here: https://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.557322
We sometimes label our composers “Mozart’s contemporaries”. That’s a bit of a shortcut, but it does remind us that there were many composers in the 18th century creating wonderful music.
Music by Dittersdorf, Beck, Devienne and others
Artaria’s musicological and publication efforts aim to significantly broaden the repertoire of baroque and chamber orchestras around the world, thereby easing the glut of performances of the acknowledged masterpieces of the period and whetting the appetites of the musically curious. Naxos has worked closely with Artaria Editions on a number of albums devoted to the eighteenth-century symphony and concerto as companions to these rare works published by Artaria. Among the composers who figure prominently in the series are Johann Stamitz, Carl Stamitz, Michael Haydn, Franz Beck, Leopold Hofmann, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Karl von Ordonez, Johann Baptist Vanhal, Domenico Cimarosa, François Devienne, and a host of others.
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