1796–1855

March 27, 1796, Lahamaide, Belgium.

February 27, 1855, Paris, France.

Vaugirard, Paris, France.

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At age 15, Lam­bil­lotte became organist at Char­le­roi, and later at Di­nan-sur-Meuse. In 1820, he became choirmaster and organist of the Je­su­it College of Saint-Ach­eul, Am­iens. He studied the classics, and in August, 1825, entered the Society of Jesus.

The 30 years of his Jes­u­it life were spent successively in the colleges of Saint-Ach­eul, Fri­bourg, Es­tav­ay­er, Bru­gel­ette and Vau­gir­ard. While occupied in teaching and directing music, he gave himself up more entirely to composition, with a view to enhance both the religious ceremonies and the academic entertainments in those newly founded colleges. His powers of composition were checked by the limited ability of his student performers; nevertheless, he provided new music for almost every occasion, producing can­ti­cles, a large number of mo­tets, short oratorios, masses and secular cantatas, mostly for four-part chorus and orchestra. This music became popular, especially in educational institutions.

Late in life, Lam­bil­lotte regretted having published written improvisations without taking time to revise them. After his death, a revision of the greater part of them was made and published (Par­is, 1870) by his pupil, Ca­mille de la Croix, and by Lou­is Des­sane, organist of St. Sul­pice, Par­is, and later of St. Fran­cis Xa­vier, New York.

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