220+ Year Old Violin Concerto to Premiere in Prague

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This weekend in Prague will see what is thought to be the world premiere of Chevalier de Saint-George‘s Violin Concerto in A Minor – some 220+ years after its conception

Born on the island of Guadeloupe to an Afro-Caribbean mother and a white plantation owner, and dying in 1799, de Saint-George’s Concerto has been described as bearing slight similarities with those of Mozart

The performance will be given by Czech violinist Miroslav Vilímec, with conductor Štefan Britvík – and the Prague Symphony

“I think the reason his name and work were mostly forgotten was not his origin – but that his artistic career was disrupted by the French Revolution,” Vilímec has said, “… it was only recently that his work was rediscovered from the musical archives”

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