Calixa Lavallée (December 28, 1842 – January 21, 1891) was a French-Canadian-American musician and Union Army band musician during the American Civil War. He is best known for composing the music for "O Canada," which officially became the national anthem of Canada in 1980, after a vote in the Senate and the House of Commons. The same 1980 Act of Parliament also changed some of the English lyrics. A slight alteration to the English lyrics was made again in 2018. The original French lyrics and the music, however, have remained unchanged since 1880.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 28th, 1842 (Verchères), Died January 21st, 1891 (Boston)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1898 - 1928
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||3429||7-in.||6/17/1898||The bridal rose||Henry Higgins ; Arthur Pryor||Cornet and trombone duet||composer|
|Victor||B-4989||10-in.||1/6/1908||Gavotte||Frank La Forge||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||B-6140||10-in.||4/23/1908||O Canada||Harold Jarvis||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-14019||12-in.||9/11/1913||Bridal rose overture||Pietro Deiro||Accordion solo||composer|
|Victor||B-20458||10-in.||7/26/1917||Our father's land of old||Alan Turner||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-30239||10-in.||6/5/1924||Dr. Gradus||Jeanne Behrend||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36764||10-in.||11/12/1926||God save the King||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-39338||10-in.||9/28/1927||Papillon (Butterfly)||Myrtle C. Eaver||Piano solo||composer|
|Victor||BVE-41725||10-in.||1/26/1928||The bridal rose : Overture||Bernardo De Pace ; Nicola De Pace||Mandolin and guitar duet||composer|
|Victor||BVE-45612||10-in.||6/7/1928||O Canada||Edward Johnson||Tenor vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||[Trial 1914-11-19-01]||Not documented||11/19/1914||American chivalry||Prof. H. J. Chopourian||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Columbia||38880||10-in.||5/24/1913||O Canada||Columbia Mixed Quartette||Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||8065||10-in.||June 1907||Au Canada, terre de nos aïeux||Calixa Lavallée ; Joseph Saucier||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Edison||1104||10-in.||5/31/1912||O Canada tiere le nos||Joseph Saucier||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||3900||10-in.||6/22/1915||O Canada! Beloved country||Knickerbocker Quartet ; Elizabeth Spencer||Soprano vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||18214||10-in.||2/4/1928||Bridal rose overture||Charles Magnante||Accordion solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||N-113||10-in.||2/4/1928||Bridal rose overture||Charles Magnante||Accordion solo, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lavallée, Calixa," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109371.
Lavallée, Calixa. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/109371.
"Lavallée, Calixa." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 July 2021.
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