1796-1855

March 27, 1796, Lahamaide, Belgium.

February 27, 1855, Paris, France.

Vaugirard, Paris, France.

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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