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