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Alkan: The Man / The Music Paperback – April 1, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Kahn & Averill Publishers; 2 edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871082730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871082739
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,892,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amy on August 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
After Alkan's death his music continued to be admired and studied by both Debussy and Ravel. But it wasn't until the first recordings of his music began to appear in the 1960's that people got a chance to really get to know the music of this most unusual composer. Alkan has been neglected for many years, and it's not always easy to reawaken the public's interest. It's not enough, unfortunately, to let the music simply speak for itself. Alkan was famously obsessive in his work. He wrote a set of 12 studies of an entire 3 movement concerto and 4 movement symphony, and he once expressed a desire, which was unfulfilled to set the entire Bible to music. Alkan was said to be extremely reclusive and eccentric. There were always lots of myths and stories about Alkan to get people more interested in his music. Alkan's death in 1888 seems to exemplify the tragedy of his life living alone, he collapsed and was trapped by a piece of falling furniture for more than 24 hours before being discovered by callers who were able to drag him free. As with most myths, the truth in Alkan's life is more interesting than the fiction. And the very stories about Alkan that were exaggerated to attract the public's attention are now forming an obstacle to the further exploration of this remarkable mind. It's now time, for Alkan's sake to dispel the myths and let people get to know the real human being behind this remarkable music. So who really was Alkan? Alkan was born in Paris in 1813. His real name was Charles Valentin Morhange but he decided to adopt his father's first name Alkan.Read more ›
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