—Marie Antoinette (2006)
Just so everyone is clear, the handsome Black man tutoring Marie Antoinette is Joseph Boulogne, classical musician extraordinaire whose work influenced Mozart’s. This has been your Western music history tidbit of the day. Adieu!
//Also known as Chevalier de Saint-Georges. It is confirmed that they did meet each other, they lived under the same roof for a little while in Paris.
Saint-Georges was well known as a soloist. The Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 5, No. 2 is an example of such a work used to display this ability as a performer.
Saint-Georges also commissioned and conducted Haydn’s Paris Symphonies, so we have him to thank for that. However, he was not a crucial figure in Mozart’s life since Mozart did not make his mark in Paris successfully.
I do not think it is correct to say that Saint-Georges was a major influence on Mozart. Mozart had to compose for Parisian taste, as did Saint-Georges, in order to make a living there. An example of the Parisian taste is evident in Mozart’s concerto for flute and harp, K. 299. It does not show the colour and emotion we so often hear in his later works.
This is not discrediting Saint-Georges. I only wish for people to see him as a great composer in his own right rather than associating him with more well-known composers.