Calixa Lavallée (28 December 1842, Vercheres, Quebec, Canada - 21 January 1891, Boston, Mass.) was a Canadian composer and educator.
Lavallée studied with his father and later attended the Paris Conservatory, studying composition with Francois Boieldieu and piano with Antoine Marmontel. As a pianist, he made a tour of the United States and Canada. He later fought in the American Civil War.
Lavallee composed numerous orchestral works but is best known as the composer of O Canada, the Canadian national anthem. He eventually settled in Boston, Massachusetts, where he taught at the Petersilea Academy of music and composed the comic opera, The Widow.
Works for Winds
- Bridal Rose
- Golden Fleece Overture (1914)
- Marche Indienne
- O Canada (arr. Buckley) (1880/2009)
- O Canada (arr. Cable) (1880/1967)
- On to Richmond March (1886)
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Calixa Lavallée." Accessed 26 April 2015.