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César Franck

  • December 10, 1822 Liège, Belgium - November 8, 1890 Paris, France

Biography

“Father Franck”, as he was nicknamed by his friends, was born in Belgium. Germanic mists influenced his music but his career took place in France, first as a pianist then an organist. Franck began his career as a virtuoso eleven year old, having already finished the Liege Conservatoire and embarked on piano concert tours. He arrived in Paris in 1833 and studied at the conservatory with Reicha. Organ and composition quickly prevailed over the piano much to his father’s disappointment who would have preferred him to continue his career as virtuoso pianist.

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