Constant Lambert was born on August 23, 1905 and died on August 21, 1951 in London.
English composer, conductor, and critic who played a leading part in extablishing the ballet as an art form in England. Commissioned (1926) by Diaghilev to compose the ballet Romeo and Juliet, he became conductor (1929) of the Camargo Society that led to the creation of the Sadler’s Wells Ballet, which he then directed until 1947. His works include the ballet Horoscope (first produced 1938) and the song cycle Eight Chinese Songs (composed 1926). A perspicacious critic, his Music Ho! A study of Music in Decline (1934) is an illuminating study of 20th-century music.
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