Charles-Valentin Alkan

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Charles-Valentin Alkan

Charles-Valentin Alkan (30 November 181329 March 1888) was a French composer and pianist.


  • I’m becoming daily more and more misanthropic and misogynous…nothing worthwhile, good or useful to do… no one to devote myself to. My situation makes me horridly sad and wretched. Even musical production has lost its attraction for me for I can’t see the point or goal.

Quotes about Alkan[edit]

  • Alkan possessed the finest technique he had ever known, but preferred the life of a recluse.
    • Franz Liszt, quoted in Ronald Smith, Alkan: The Man, the Music(2000).

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