Notes on Music
1:38 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Charles-Valentin Alkan

Charles-Valentin Alkan
Charles-Valentin Alkan

            Charles-Valentin Alkan, who lived from 1813 to 1888, is not a name widely known. 

A French composer and pianist, he was among the leading virtuoso pianists of his time.  Disappointed at the death of Chopin, he retreated to a recluse life for twenty years before again appearing in a public concert. 

A devout Jew, he was the first composer to incorporate Jewish melodies in art-music.

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