Alkan: The Man, The Music, Volumes 1-2

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Kahn & Averill, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 440 pages
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This book was originally published in two volumes. The first (Alkan the Man) dealt with the composer's life, background and personality. The second (Alkan the Music) reviewed and analysed the composer's considerable output. This extensively revised reprint in one volume encompasses recent Alkan discoveries, new works, manuscripts, supporting documents and other fresh evidence. There are new appendices, an expanded bibliography and a new discography which allows the reader to track the proliferation of recordings up to the present day.

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This is an excellent overview of the life and works of the greatest pianist who ever lived by one of his foremost interpreters. Even Liszt was intimidated by the thought of playing in front of Alkan ... Read full review

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Just to correct something on this page -- This book was written by Ronald Smith, the pianist, not Ronald Smith, the sports psychologist. The misattribution must be a result of some automatic search via a mindless computer algorithm.

Contents

Acknowledgments
10
Introduction
11
Prodigy
13
Virtuoso
20
Delaborde
27
A Lost Symphony
33
The Grande Sonate
37
Marmontel
41
The Final Years
68
The Death of Alkan
73
Rescue of a Lost Cause
76
Personality and Appearance
86
The Reluctant Virtuoso
95
The Music
103
Index
113
Index of Alkans Works
116

Recluse
47
Prometheus Bound
54
Les Petits Concerts
62
List of Illustrations
117
Familytree of Alkan Morhange
118
Copyright

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