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Famous as piano virtuoso.
(Modern research has cast much doubt on the popular legend that he died while being crushed by a bookshelf after reaching for the Talmud).
Main biography: Ronald Smith, "Alkan: Who Was Alkan" (Kahn & Averill, London, 1976 & 1987),
now reprinted as one volume called "Alkan: The Man, the Music (publ. April 2000).