This Day in History: 1885-04-19

Lucien-Leon Guillaume Lambert‘s 1882 Rossini Concours Prize-winning composition Prométhée enchaîné (Prometheus Bound) is performed for the first time by the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire in Paris. Guillaume Lambert was a child-prodigy pianist, composer, arranger, and music teacher. Born in 1858 in Vernouillet, France, a then-small village near Paris, he was the son of Charles Lucien Lambert, an American, and an unknown French mother. Guillaume Lambert and some other members of his family are part of what has been termed a “Creole Romantic” musical dynasty composed of musicians with ties to New Orleans (Louisiana), France, Portugal, the Antilles Islands in the West Indies, and Latin America. Learn more.