Composers: Curiosity Piece

If ever there were two forgotten men of music, they are Raymond Lewenthal and Charles-Valentin Alkan. Lewenthal is a 42-year-old American pianist. Alkan was a French composer who died in 1888. Each in his own way is some thing of a curiosity piece. Together they constitute one of the most incredible melodramas in musical history. And as a result of what Lewenthal is doing for Alkan — and Alkan for Lewenthal — both are likely to become famous as well.

For reasons he himself finds hard to explain, Lewenthal decided five years ago...