Alkan, Napoléon. (1826–1906) [Lewenthal, Raymond. (1923–1988)]
Rare original Pierre Petit cabinet photograph of the French-Jewish composer and teacher, one of six children of Alkan Morhange who took their father's first name as their last one, and brother of great piano virtuoso and composer Charles-Valentin Alkan. After studying at the Conservatoire de Paris with Pierre Zimmermann, François Benoist and Adolphe Adam, in 1850 he won the First Second Grand Prix de Rome.
One of extremely few known photographs of Alkan, this comes to us from the collection of pianist Raymond Lewenthal, who was responsible for a revival of interest in Charles-Valentin Alkan's music in the later 20th century. Light scratches and toning; overall very good. 4.25 x 6.5 inches (10.8 x 16.3 cm). Another example of this image is in the collection of the BnF (FRBNF39602146 ). We are grateful for the assistance of Francois Luguenot in the identification of this image.