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 Jewish 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 406,392 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Charles-Valentin Alkan is the 160th most popular musician (up from 161st in 2019), the 951st most popular biography from France (up from 986th 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 160 out of 2,675Before him are Chick Corea, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Willie Nelson, Stan Getz, Björk, and Florian Schneider. After him are Luigi Tenco, Oscar Peterson, Giya Kancheli, Frank Farian, Joseph Joachim, and Roger Glover.

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Among people born in 1813, Charles-Valentin Alkan ranks 9Before him are Søren Kierkegaard, David Livingstone, Claude Bernard, Georg Büchner, Henry Bessemer, and John Snow. After him are Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Ivar Aasen, Franz Miklosich, Princess Josephine of Baden, Christian Friedrich Hebbel, and Baron Alexander von Bach. Among people deceased in 1888, Charles-Valentin Alkan ranks 10Before him are Rudolf Clausius, Carl Zeiss, Louisa May Alcott, Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, John Stith Pemberton, and Nikolay Przhevalsky. After him are François Achille Bazaine, Ascanio Sobrero, Prince Alexander of Hesse and by Rhine, Mary Jane Kelly, Anton Mauve, and Theodor Storm.

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In France

Among people born in France, Charles-Valentin Alkan ranks 951 out of 5,234Before him are Louis Néel (1904), Marie François Xavier Bichat (1771), Adelaide of Maurienne (1092), Claude-Louis Navier (1785), Robert I, Duke of Burgundy (1011), and Charles III, Duke of Savoy (1486). After him are René Cassin (1887), Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona (1114), Claude Perrault (1613), Joseph Pitton de Tournefort (1656), Christophe Plantin (1520), and Francis Phoebus of Navarre (1467).

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), Arnaut Daniel (1150), Nadia Boulanger (1887), and David Guetta (1967). After him are Stéphane Grappelli (1908), Jean-Marie Leclair (1697), Louis Vierne (1870), Georges Prêtre (1924), Émile Waldteufel (1837), and Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665).