Books & articles

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Books on Alkan and his music

 

Eddie, W. A. (2007). Charles Valentin Alkan: His Life and His Music. Ashgate Publishing. ISBN 978 1 84014 260 0
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François-Sappey, B. (1991). Charles Valentin Alkan. Fayard: Paris. ISBN: 221302779X (in French)

 

François-Sappey, B. and François Luguenot (2013). Charles Valentin Alkan. Editions Bleu Nuit: Paris. ISBN: 2358840238 (in French)
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Kessous-Dreyfuss, A. (2013). Le passant du pont de l'Europe: Charles Valentin Alkan entre tradition et modernité. Massoreth Editions. ISBN  2911942175 (in French)
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Smith, R. (1976). Alkan. Volume 1: The Enigma. Kahn & Averill: London. ISBN 0 900707 39 9.

 

Smith, R. (1987). Alkan. Volume 2: The Music. Kahn & Averill: London. ISBN 0 900707 84 4.

 

Smith, R. (2000). Alkan: The Man, The Music. Kahn & Averill: London. ISBN 1871082730.(Revised edition of Vols 1 & 2 above)
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Books relevant to Alkan and his music

 

Conway, D. (2011). Jewry in Music: Entry to the Profession from the Enlightenment to Richard Wagner. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781107015388
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Jensen, E. (1992). Walls of Circumstance: Studies in Nineteenth-century Music. Scarecrow Press: Washington. ISBN 978-0810825888
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Lerner, N. & Straus, J. (2006). Sounding Off: Theorizing Disability in Music. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415979078
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Lindeman, S. D. (1999). Structural Novelty and Tradition in the Early Romantic Piano Concerto. Pendragon Press. ISBN 978-1576470008
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Macdonald, H. (2008). Beethoven's Century: Essays on Composers and Themes. University of Rochester Press. ISBN 978-1580462754
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Ochse, O. C. (2000). Organists and Organ Playing in Nineteenth-Century France and Belgium. Indiana University Press: Bloomington. ISBN 978-0253214232
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Rimm, R. (2003). The Composer-pianists: Hamelin and the Eight. Amadeus Press. ISBN 978-1574670721.
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Journal articles and reports

 

Arfini, M. T. (2015). Charles Valentin Alkan e Johann Sebastian Bach: un capitolo dello storicismo in Francia. In: Ad Parnassum, Vol. 13. Link to abstract

 

Holden, E. (2014). Charles Valentin Alkan: Interpreting the Composer’s use of Rhythm as Identified in the Dominant Motifs present in the Music for Organ, Pedal-piano and Harmonium. PhD thesis, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland. Link to pdf version of thesis.

 

MacDonald, L. E. (1966). The Piano Music of Charles-Valentin Alkan. Master thesis Ohio State University. (Available from here - scroll to near bottom of page and click on “Download”)

 

Penrose, J. (1993). The strange case of Charles Valentin Alkan. New Criterion, 11(9).

 

Robson, K. W. (2012). Romantic liturgists: Franz Liszt’s and Charles Valentin Alkan’s settings Of Psalm 137. Masters thesis, University of Georgia. Link to pdf version of thesis

 

Bibliographies

 

Nicholas Bell’s bibliography (compiled 1994 but of continuing relevance)

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