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Charles-Valentin Alkan

1813 - 1888

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Charles-Valentin Alkan (French: [ʃaʁl valɑ̃tɛ̃ alkɑ̃]; 30 November 1813 – 29 March 1888) was a French composer and virtuoso pianist. At the height of his fame in the 1830s and 1840s he was, alongside his friends and colleagues Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt, among the leading pianists in Paris, a city in which he spent virtually his entire life. Alkan earned many awards at the Conservatoire de Paris, which he entered before he was six. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles-Valentin Alkan has received more than 445,390 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Charles-Valentin Alkan is the 174th most popular musician (down from 160th in 2019), the 1,010th most popular biography from France (down from 948th in 2019) and the 8th most popular French Musician.

Charles-Valentin Alkan was a French pianist and composer. He was most famous for his virtuosic skill at the piano, and for composing pieces that are among the most difficult in all of music.

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Among musicians, Charles-Valentin Alkan ranks 174 out of 2,662Before him are Brian Eno, Willie Nelson, Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell, Nam June Paik, and Gilberto Gil. After him are Keith Jarrett, Wilhelm Kempff, Giya Kancheli, Chris Isaak, Emil Gilels, and Gene Simmons.

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Among people born in 1813, Charles-Valentin Alkan ranks 11Before him are Claude Bernard, Ivar Aasen, Georg Büchner, John Snow, Henry Bessemer, and Petar II Petrović-Njegoš. After him are Franz Miklosich, Princess Josephine of Baden, Baron Alexander von Bach, Theophil Hansen, Christian Friedrich Hebbel, and Princess Marie of Orléans. Among people deceased in 1888, Charles-Valentin Alkan ranks 10Before him are Rudolf Clausius, Carl Zeiss, John Stith Pemberton, Louisa May Alcott, Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, and Nikolay Przhevalsky. After him are François Achille Bazaine, Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine, Paul Langerhans, Ascanio Sobrero, Theodor Storm, and Domingo Faustino Sarmiento.

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In France

Among people born in France, Charles-Valentin Alkan ranks 1,010 out of 6,011Before him are Charles-Marie Widor (1844), Lucien Laurent (1907), Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656), René II, Duke of Lorraine (1451), Claude of France (1547), and Jacques Hadamard (1865). After him are Clotilde of France (1759), Ambroise Thomas (1811), Carole Bouquet (1957), Léon Bourgeois (1851), Maurice Denis (1870), and Joseph Liouville (1809).

Among MUSICIANS In France

Among musicians born in France, Charles-Valentin Alkan ranks 8Before him are Richard Clayderman (1953), Thomas Bangalter (1), Paul Mauriat (1925), Nadia Boulanger (1887), David Guetta (1967), and Arnaut Daniel (1150). After him are Georges Prêtre (1924), Jean-Marie Leclair (1697), Stéphane Grappelli (1908), Louis Vierne (1870), Émile Waldteufel (1837), and Jean-Pierre Rampal (1922).