Today, in honor of the French holiday Bastille Day, July 14, 1789, I wanted to share music by a couple of the lesser-known French composers, Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) and Joseph Bologne (1745-1799). Thank you again to all my French listeners! After living in France, your country will forever hold a special place in my heart.
Check out the immigrant composer, Le Chevalier de Saint-George, who immigrated to France and even fought in the French Revolution! I reference his violin music in my novel A Change in Tune, as well as my short story “Brass at the Beach.” Bologne’s story reminds me somewhat of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, both immigrants who fought for freedom in their new countries.
I hope you get a chance to listen to these musical gems, and maybe even enjoy some fabulous French food! I’ll be eating at one of my favorite French restaurants to celebrate!