Alexandre Pierre FranÁois BoŽly (1785 - )
Alexandre Pierre FranÁois BoŽly (Versailles, April 19, 1785 - Paris, December 27, 1858) was a French composer, organist, and pianist. Born into a family of musicians, BoŽly received his first music lessons from his father, Jean FranÁois, who was a countertenor at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and a composer and harp teacher at the court of Versailles. He also studied under the Tyrolian pianist Ignaz Ladurner, who introduced him to the work of Bach and Haydn, which BoŽly would champion in his adult career. Besides mastering the piano and organ, BoŽly was also a talented violist.
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