Charles Valentin Alkan: His Life and His Music
This comprehensive survey takes as its focus a stylistic analysis of the music of the French composer and virtuoso pianist Charles Valentin Alkan (1813-1888). There is also consideration of Alkan the performer, and on issues of performance practice in relation to his music, and on its reception history. Useful appendices provide a guide to archival sources for further research, a list of works and a basic discography.
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