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Charles-Valentin Alkan

November 30, 1813 - March 29, 1888
born in Paris, France, composed during the Romantic period
Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888) was a French-Jewish pianist and composer based in Paris; while his career as a virtuoso got off to a brilliant start, he withdrew from concert life at age 25, remaining reclusive and mysterious afterward. His 12 Études in All the Minor Keys (1857) contain a symphony and concerto for solo piano that are among his most famous works, along with Le chemin de fer (1844) and his notorious Funeral March for a Dead Parrot (1858). Alkan's music is eccentric, technically difficult, often well in advance of its time and noted for its mocking, devilish sense of humor. ~ Uncle Dave Lewis , Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Alkan: The Railway and other Piano Works

Title: Préludes Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs Et Mineurs (25), For Piano (Or Organ), Op. 31

1. Préludes Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs Et Mineurs (25), For Piano (Or Organ), Op. 31: I. Lentement

2. Préludes Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs Et Mineurs (25), For Piano (Or Organ), Op. 31: XIII. J'etais Endormie, Mais Mon Coeur Veillait..., Lentement

3. Préludes Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs Et Mineurs (25), For Piano (Or Organ), Op. 31: XVII. Reve D'amour

4. Préludes Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs Et Mineurs (25), For Piano (Or Organ), Op. 31: XXV. Priere: Lentement

Title: Recueil D' Impromptus (8), For Piano In 2 Books, Op. 32

5. Recueil D' Impromptus (8), For Piano In 2 Books, Op. 32: I. Andantino

6. Recueil D' Impromptus (8), For Piano In 2 Books, Op. 32: III. Vivace

Title: Le Chemin De Fer, Etude For Piano In D Minor, Op. 27

7. Le Chemin De Fer, Etude For Piano In D Minor, Op. 27: Le Chemin De Fer, Op.27

Title: Études Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs (12), Collection Of Etudes For Piano, Op. 35

8. Études Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs (12), Collection Of Etudes For Piano, Op. 35: VI. Etude In B Flat Major

9. Études Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs (12), Collection Of Etudes For Piano, Op. 35: VIII. Etude In Etude In A Flat Major

10. Études Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs (12), Collection Of Etudes For Piano, Op. 35: XII. Etude In E Major

Title: Études Dans Tous Les Tons Mineurs (12), Collection Of Etudes For Piano, Op. 39

11. Études Dans Tous Les Tons Mineurs (12), Collection Of Etudes For Piano, Op. 39: Marche Funebre: Andantino, Op.39 No.5

Title: Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63

12. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: La Vision

13. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Le Staccatissimo

14. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Le Legatissimo

15. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Les Cloches

16. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Les Inities

17. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Pseudo-naivete

18. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Increpatio

19. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Ressouvenir

20. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Fantaisie

21. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Liedchen

22. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Morituri Te Salutant

23. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Minuettino

24. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Les Bons Souhaits

25. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Notturnino - Innamorato

26. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: En Songe

Title: Scherzo-diabolico, For Piano In G Minor (Etudes Dans Les Tons Mineurs No. 3), Op. 39/3

27. Scherzo-diabolico, For Piano In G Minor (Etudes Dans Les Tons Mineurs No. 3), Op. 39/3: Scherzo Diabolico, Op. 39, No.3

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Track List: Alkan: Piano Music, Volume 1: 12 Etudes, Op. 35

Title: Le Festin D'Esope, Variations For Piano In E Minor (Études Dans Tous Les Tons Mineurs No. 12), Op. 39/12
Title: Scherzo-diabolico, For Piano In G Minor (Etudes Dans Les Tons Mineurs No. 3), Op. 39/3
Title: Études Dans Tous Les Tons Majeurs (12), Collection Of Etudes For Piano, Op. 35
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Track List: Alkan: Sonate de Concert; Grand Duo Concertant; Piano Trio

Title: Grand Duo Concertant, For Violin & Piano In F Sharp Minor, Op.21

1. Grand Duo Concertant, For Violin & Piano In F Sharp Minor, Op.21: Assez Animé

2. Grand Duo Concertant, For Violin & Piano In F Sharp Minor, Op.21: L'enfer: Lentement

3. Grand Duo Concertant, For Violin & Piano In F Sharp Minor, Op.21: Finale: Aussi Vite Que Possible

Title: Sonate De Concert, For Piano & Cello In E Major, Op. 47

4. Sonate De Concert, For Piano & Cello In E Major, Op. 47: Allegro Molto

5. Sonate De Concert, For Piano & Cello In E Major, Op. 47: Allegrettino

6. Sonate De Concert, For Piano & Cello In E Major, Op. 47: Adagio

7. Sonate De Concert, For Piano & Cello In E Major, Op. 47: Finale Alla Saltarella: Prestissimo

Title: Trio, For Violin, Cello & Piano In G Minor, Op. 30

8. Trio, For Violin, Cello & Piano In G Minor, Op. 30: Assez Largement

9. Trio, For Violin, Cello & Piano In G Minor, Op. 30: (Scherzo): Trés Vite

10. Trio, For Violin, Cello & Piano In G Minor, Op. 30: Lentement

11. Trio, For Violin, Cello & Piano In G Minor, Op. 30: (Finale): Vite

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Track List: Esquisses Op 63

Title: Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63

1. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: La Vision

2. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Le Staccatissimo

3. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Le Legatissimo

4. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Les Cloches

5. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Les Inities

6. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Fuguette

7. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Le Frisson

8. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Pseudo-naivete

9. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Confidence

10. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Increpatio

11. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Les Soupirs

12. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Barcarollette

13. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Ressouvenir

14. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Duettino

15. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Tutti De Concerto Dans Le Genre Ancien

16. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Fantaisie

17. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Petit Prelude A 3

18. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Liedchen

19. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Graces

20. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Petite Marche Villageoise

21. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Morituri Te Salutant

22. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Innocenza

23. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: L'homme Aux Sabots

24. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Contredanse

25. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: La Poursuite

26. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Petit Air

27. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Rigaudon

28. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Inflexibilite

29. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Delire

30. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Petit Air Dolent

31. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Debut De Quatuor

32. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Minuettino

33. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Fais Dodo

34. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Odi Profanum Vulgus Et Arceo

35. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Musique Militaire

36. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Toccatina

37. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Scherzettino

38. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Les Bons Souhaits

39. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Heraclite Et Democrite

40. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Attendez-moi Sous L'orme

41. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Les Enharmoniques

42. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Petit Air (2)

43. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Notturnino - Innamorato

44. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Transports

45. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Les Diablotins

46. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Le Premier Billet Doux

47. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Scherzetto

48. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: En Songe

49. Motifs (48), "esquisses" (sketches) For Piano In 4 Books, Op. 63: Laus Deo

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WHy do i see a plumber spitting fire balls and chasing gold coins when i listen to this? must of been that mushroom i ate. Sorry but the princess is in another castle.
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Sweet...
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nice!
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frognewton75
Amazing music
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from nocture for piano in B minor op.22
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ok they totally got the underwater song for Super Mario from this lil diddy
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willwisner
Unexpectedly rich and strange, like the paintings of Bocklin, which similarly give a sense of hovering uncertainty and moral ambiguity. They both created right about the same time, and both are out of the mainstream.
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jbachm3962
no you wont!~
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I'll say something!~

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