ALKAN, Charles-Valentin
Born in Paris 30/11/1813. Died in Paris 29/3/1888.
Study in Paris Conservatory with Zimmerman (piano, countepoint and fugue), Dourlen (harmony) and Benoist (organ) where he won the 1st prize (organ) in 1834.
His musical production with pedal intends principally to Pedal-Piano invented by the firm Erard (1855). His passion to this new instrument led him to create "Small Concert" in Erard's show room where he demonstrated the unknown organ music in this epoch of Bach, Vivaldi-Bach, Haendel as well as that of Schumann, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saens and Widor.
Being misanthrope, he lived retired in his last days.
His virtuosity and his friendship with C. Franck proves the latter's dedication of his "Grande Piece Symphonique (op.17)" to the former.

resume of the article written by Francois Sabatier in "La Guide de la Musique d'Orgue (p.25)"

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