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Joseph Antonia Emidy

(c. 1775—1835) violinist and composer


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(c.1775–1835). Violinist and composer, celebrated and admired as a remarkable musician in Cornish society after his humble beginnings as a slave. Emidy, was born in Guinea, West Africa, sold into slavery in 1787 by Portuguese traders, and then taken to Brazil. He came to Lisbon with his new owner, who recognized his interest in music and provided him with a violin and a tutor. He progressed musically, and by 1795 was a second violinist in the orchestra of the Opera House in Lisbon.

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From The Oxford Companion to Black British History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: British History.


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