CHARLES LUCIEN LAMBERT (1828 - 1896)
Charles Lucièn Lambert was born in New Orleans in 1828 or 1829 of musical
parentage. A gifted pianist, he was able to move to Paris while still a young
man. They're his piano playing and his compositions were welcomed. His son,
Lucièn Léon Guillaume, was born just outside of Paris in 1858.
For inexplicable reasons the family moved to Brazil in the 1860's where Charles
Lucien continued as a virtuoso pianist, and his son followed in his father's
footsteps. Lucièn Léon Guillaume returned to France, where he
became a pupil of Massenet, his compositions soon winning prizes, while in Spain
his music became so famous that he was decorated by the King. He was to work
on a larger scale than his father, producing ballets, symphonic music, choral
works and a large amount of instrumental music. He was later to teach in Paris,
but spent the latter part of his life in Portugal where he died.