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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Québec in Capitale-Nationale (region), Quebec — French Canadian Region

Calixa Lavallée


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By Barry Swackhamer, July 28, 2014
1. Calixa Lavallée Marker
Inscription.  English:
Calixa Lavallée was one of the first Canadian musicians to win an international reputation. He studied in Montréal and Paris and was, at various times, an itinerant musician, military bandsman, choral and orchestra conductor, teacher and composer in both his homeland and the United States. While resident in this house, Lavallée was asked to write an anthem for the Saint Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations of 1880. His composition, to words by Judge Adolphe-Basile Routhier, was O Canada.

Calixa Lavallée, fut l'un des premier musiciens canadiens à se tailler une renommée internationale. Il étudia à Montréal et à Paris et fut musicien itinérant, membre d'une fanfare militaire, maître de chorale et chef d'orchestre, professeur et compositeur, au Canada et aux États-Unis. C'est dans cette maison qu'il composa, sur demande, un hymne pour les fêtes de la Saint-Jean de 1880. Cette oeuvre, sur des paroles du juge Adolphe-Basile Routhier, s'intitulait Ô Canada.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux
Calixa Lavallée Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 28, 2014
2. Calixa Lavallée Marker
et monuments historique du Canada.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board marker series.
Location. 46° 48.916′ N, 71° 12.49′ W. Marker is in Québec, Quebec, in Capitale-Nationale (region). Marker is on Rue Couillard just from Rue Hamel, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22 Rue Couillard, Québec, Quebec G1R 3T3, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Maison François-Xavier Garneau (within shouting distance of this marker); Maison Marie-Joseph-Larchevêque (within shouting distance of this marker); Octave Crémazie (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Les photographes Livernois (about 90 meters away); Guillaume Verrier (about 120 meters away); Monseigneur Joseph-Clovis K.-Laflamme (about 120 meters away); Site historique du Monastère-des-Augustines de-l'Hôtel-Dieu-de-Québec (about 120 meters away); Marie-Catherine de Saint-Augustin (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Québec.
Also see . . .  Calixa Lavallée - Dictionary of Canadian Biography. The idea of a national song composed for the occasion was discussed, but there was not enough time to hold a competition.
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3. Calixa Lavallée
Thus Gagnon suggested that Lavallée should write a musical setting for a patriotic poem as quickly as possible. The result was O Canada, with words by judge Adolphe-Basile Routhier*, which was first performed to great public acclaim on the evening of 24 June 1880 by three bands assembled for a banquet in the Pavillon des Patineurs at Quebec and conducted by Joseph Vézina.
(Submitted on March 11, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
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