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Black Composers

Black composers are often left out of music history despite their incredible contributions. Here we will feature info about these composers in hopes that more people will remember and teach their legacies, and recognize the influence they had on music history.

This page will be updated periodically as we feature more composers. If there are composers you would like to be featured, let us know in the comments!

Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin is known as "The King of Ragtime." Scott Joplin is one of the most influential composers in American music history. You have likely heard his piece "The Entertainer" or "Maple Leaf Rag." "Maple Leaf Rag" was the first piece of sheet music to sell 1 million copies! Ragtime helped to create many of the genres we know and love today.

He composed 44 original ragtime pieces, 2 operas, a ragtime ballet, and was one of the first Black composers to be accepted by White western music.

You can download his coloring sheet (for FREE) here:

Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Joseph Boulogne was born in France to a plantation owner father and enslaved mother. Boulogne achieved massive success and was in Marie Antoinette's court as her private teacher. He is unfairly referred to as, "Black Mozart." Boulogne was 11 years older than Mozart, and had received extremely high success in Paris before Mozart moved there. It is theorized the Mozart was extremely jealous (and racist) and used Boulogne as the inspiration for the Black villain in The Magic Flute. Boulogne does not deserve to be called "Black Mozart." Mozart should be called the White Boulogne!

You can download his coloring and fact sheets (for FREE) here:

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