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French composer and pianist Charles-Valentin Alkan was born in Paris on 30 November 1813 into a musical Jewish family, and began studying at the Conservatoire de Paris unusually early - before he was six years old.
He spent almost his whole life in Paris, and was often reclusive, especially while composing. He was the first composer to use Jewish melodies in art music.
Alkan died in Paris on 29 March 1888, aged seventy-four, and his music then fell into neglect until the late 1960s, when many pianists, and notably Ronald Smith, began to play and record his music.
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