Life and career
Charles-Richard Lambert was born in New York[clarification needed], but settled in New Orleans. He married a free Creole woman of color, and his first son was Charles Lucien Lambert, born in 1828. After his first wife died, he married Coralie Suzanne Orzy, also a free woman of color. They had a son Sidney Lambert, born in 1838. Both sons studied music with their father, and afterward became noted musicians and composers. Lambert's grandson Lucien-Léon Guillaume Lambert, born in 1858, was also a noted musician and composer.
Charles-Richard worked as a music teacher and was a conductor for the Philharmonic Society, the first non-theatrical orchestra in New Orleans. Lambert died in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, while performing there with his son Sidney. Noted students include Edmond Dédé.
- Macdonald, Robert R.; Kemp, John R.; Haas, Edward F. (1979). Louisiana's Black heritage.
- Sybil Kein, Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2000, pp. 80-82, accessed 28 Dec 2010
- Price, Emmett George (2010). Encyclopedia of African American music: Volume 3. p. 219.
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