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Lavallée, Calixa

Composer born in Verchères, Quebec, 1842, died in Boston, Massachusetts, 1891.

Calixa Lavallée is best known for writing the music to the Canadian national anthem, O Canada but he was also the composer of theatrical music and operettas (notably The Widow, premiered in New Orleans).

He studied with his father and in Montreal as a musician before touring the United States, South America and the West Indies.

He opened a studio in Montreal and was the president of the Académie de Musique de Québec.

A prize, in his name, is awarded each year by the Quebec nationalist association, Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste (for whom, ironically, he had written O Canada) to those who have distinguished themselves in the field of music.

Profile by Gaetan Charlebois

Last updated 2021-03-08