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Charles-Valentin Alkan

a.k.a. Charles-Valentin Morhange

Author Code: FCVA

Born: Nov. 30, 1813 - Paris, France

Died: Mar. 29, 1888 - Paris, France

Educated at the Conservatoire de Paris, Alkan entered when he was only six. He won numerous awards on both piano and organ. From the age of 13, he began to perform as a solo pianist in the many Paris salons. His father, also a musician, arranged concerts for Charles at this time. In 1827, he appeared in concerts in Belgium. In 1829, still only 15, he was appointed joint professor of solfege at the Conservatoire. In the 1830s, he became friends with many of the celebrities of the day including Franz Liszt, Chopin, George Sand and Victor Hugo. He was elected to the Societe Academique des Enfants d'Apollon in 1832. Over the years, Alkan often became a recluse only to return to enthusiastic reception by the public. Overlooked for the position of head of the piano department at the Conservatoire, Alkan withdrew into a seclusion that lasted for nearly twenty years. He nevertheless continued to compose many major piano works. In 1873, he reappeared and gave some piano recitals that were so popular, they became an annual event. He was found on his kitchen floor by his concierge and carried to his bedroom where he died later that day. His numerous works include many piano sonatas, trios and concertos.

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FCVA001 Nocturne - Op. 22 1844 7 1752k Music Score Download PDF - 'Nocturne - Op. 22' (FCVA001)

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