Alkan: Charles-Valentin. Sheet Music and Biography

By | July 17, 2020

Alkan Sheet Music

Portrait of Charles Alkan as a young man in black and white


Charles-Valentin Alkan was born to Jewish parents on 13 Nov 1813. A composer and virtuoso pianist he had five brothers and one sister, all of whom were musicians.

For confident pianists we have his Op.23 Saltarelle:Piano and an arrangement for flute players seeking a challenge Op.23 Saltarelle:Flute

Alkan was a child prodigy and entered the Paris Conservatoire at a young age winning many awards. By the age of seventeen, he had earned himself a reputation as a virtuoso pianist.

Despite making public appearances Alkan had periods of withdrawal.

Works

Alkan produced many arrangements of his predecessors – Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Haydn, etc.

Some of his own works include:
* 12 pieces, Les Mois (1872; “The Months”)
* Grande sonate: les quatre âges (1848; “The Four Ages”)
* 2 piano concerti
* Op.35 – reflects his studies of the major keys
* Op.39 – minor keys

It is believed that Alkan was killed by a falling bookcase at the age of seventy-four. However, this is disputed by others that say he fainted and pulled an umbrella rack on top of himself and died in the evening of 29th March 1888

Alkan Sheet Music Downloads & Further Reading

On music-scores.com we have a selection of Charles Alkan Sheet Music Sheet Music in PDF format.

For further information take a look at Wikipedia and Britannica.

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