The New Orleans Creoles of Color: Creole Classique, Part 1 of 3

Canal Street in New Orleans ca. 1890 (© New Orleans Local)

Of the many styles of music produced in 19th century New Orleans, the least well known was music composed by people of color – especially free Creoles of color. These French speaking and often wealthy citizens felt a strong connection to European culture and classical music. Music historian Lester Sullivan introduces us to some of the more important figures—Edmund Dédé, Charles Lucien Lambert, and Basile Barès, the only slave to ever get his musical work copyrighted. These composers and performers had strong links to France, and we learn how eventually they even influenced European music.

Produced and presented by David Swatling

Released in Euroquest 27 September 2002