ALKAN, Charles Valentin
b Paris, 30 November 1813
d Paris, 29 March 1888, aged seventy-four
The Jewish family name was Morhange, but he, with his
four brothers and his sister, who were all musicians, assumed the name
of Alkan. He studied at the Paris Conservatory, taking first prize in
piano at age ten, in harmony age thirteen and in organ age twenty. In
1831 he received honourable mention in the Prix de Rome competition.
He devoted himself to composition and teaching, visiting London and
settling in Paris in 1833. He was a shy, rather misanthropic man, who
held no official appointments and made very few concert appearances.
Hermann et Ketty, vocal work
Chamber Concerto No 1
Chamber Concerto No 2
L’Entrée en Loge, vocal
Pas redouble, for wind band
Grand duo concertante, for violin and piano 1
Romance du phare d’Eddystone, vocal (lost)
Etz chajjim hi, vocal
Sonata de concert, cello and piano
Marcia Funebre, for piano
Stances de Millevoye, for piano
Alkan also wrote a large number of works for piano.