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Calixa Lavallée

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Calixa Lavallée


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.

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