Boucher, Alexandre-Jean

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Boucher, Alexandre-Jean

Boucher, Alexandre-Jean, famous French violinist; b. Paris, April 11, 1778; d. there, Dec. 29, 1861. A brilliant violin virtuoso, he styled himself “I’ Alexandre des violons” Boucher began his career at the age of 6, playing with the Concert Spirituel in Paris. He was soloist in the court of Charles IV of Spain (1787–1805); also traveled extensively on the Continent and in England. He wrote 2 violin concertos.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire