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 Lucien LAMBOTTE (Verviers 1888 - Spa 1969)

LUCIEN LAMBOTTEAfter he had obtained the highest awards at the Conservatoire in Verviers, the town where he was born and where he completed his secondary school studies at the local Atheneum, Lucien Lambotte pursued his musical studies at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. He attended the higher education classes for the piano, harmony, counterpoint and fugue, composition, organ, Gregorian chant as well as the orchestra conducting class. As a personal student of Vincent d'Indy and of Albert Roussel, he came into contact with Claude Debussy and Claude Dukas as well as with the famous pianists Raoul Pugno and Blanche Selva.

As a virtuoso pianist he played during the 1908 to 1922 period with great success and homage paid by the critics both in France and other countries. As a young composer he experienced the joy of participating, in 1919, in the performance of his quintet for the piano and strings for a first audition at the "Salon d'Automne" in Paris, as well as of his Symphonic Fresco for the piano and orchestra at the Pasdeloup Concerts.

He then opted definitely in favor of composing and teaching and returned for a few years to the Conservatoire in Verviers, under the direction of Albert Dupuis. There he was the titular teacher for the piano, for harmony, counterpoint and fugue. In 1927 he was appointed Director of the Municipal Conservatoire in Luxembourg where he succeeded his fellow citizen Victor Vreuls. He created there a grand mixed choir of high repute, conducted many concerts and continued to become very actively involved in musical teaching methods. He published numerous articles in this field, solfeggios and a work on the training of the musical memory, published by Eschig in Paris.

During the German occupation, his career was forcefully interrupted by his expulsion from Luxembourg in 1941, organized by the German authorities. He was reinstated in his position in 1944 and retired in 1953. Lucien Lambotte died on April 12, 1969 in Spa.

Lucien Lambotte had first built up his reputation as a composer. His varied works comprise, inter alia, numerous pieces for the piano, for the violin, for the violoncello (solo or with orchestra), a quintet for the piano and strings, series of works for wind instruments, for brass bands, for small and grand orchestras, about sixty original choral compositions (original or transcribed, profane or religious), one Requiem for solos, choirs and orchestra, one oratorio (Moses),... without forgetting about thirty melodies of which some were performed by great opera singers.

Dr. Claude Lambotte
Translated by Luc Van Loock








 














  

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