- Andrew Lamb
(b Montpellier, July 22, 1853; d Paris, Dec 2, 1903. French composer. The son of a musician, he studied at the Ecole Niedermeyer and began his career as a composer of songs and operettas for the Eldorado music hall. It was with Joséphine vendue par ses soeurs (1886), a parody of Méhul’s Joseph, that he made his mark, and he confirmed his success in France and abroad with the military operetta Les vingt-huit jours de Clairette (1892) and L’auberge du Tohu-Bohu (1897). Both are examples of the ‘vaudeville-opérette’ – more comedy-with-music than full-blown comic opera – in which he specialized. A Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur, he was critic for La France, edited the theatrical news in the Petit journal and was general secretary of the balls at the Opéra. Besides his songs and operettas, his compositions included some ballet pantomimes and salon pieces. His music is admirably crafted, demonstrating melodic grace, charm and a flair for rhythmic effect that are well suited to the lighthearted stage works to which he contributed. ...