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Before There Was Mozart

This the story of an amazing personality in black history, Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George. In the 18th century, he became a conductor of an orchestra, composed his own operas and concertos, while playing for the King and Queen of France.


Text copyright 2011 by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Illustrations copyright 2011 by James E. Ransome
All Rights Reserved. Published in the United States by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.
Used with permission of the rights holder, Author and Illustrator- Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome

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