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ALEXANDRE, ÉDOUARD:

French organ manufacturer and inventor; born in Paris December 4, 1824; died, 1888. He learned his trade in the factory established by his father, Jacob Alexandre, at Ivry near Paris, and in 1844 received an interest in the business. Father and son were the originators of the "piano-organ," the "piano-Liszt," and the "organ-melodium," called also "Alexandre organ." In 1856 the firm of Alexandre was awarded the medal of honor at the Paris Exhibition for its popular instruments, which had contributed much to the spread of a taste for music throughout France. Édouard was created chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1860.

Bibliography:
  • Vapereau, Dict. Universel des Contemporains, s.v.;
  • Larousse, Nouveau Dict. Illustré, s.v.
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