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Marie-Claire Alain


Marie-Claire Alain was the youngest kid in a family group of distinguished music artists, given birth to August 10, 1926, in St. Germain-en Laye, a Paris suburb. Her dad, Albert Alain, a composer and novice body organ builder, have been a pupil of Guilmant and Fauré. Her sister Odile was a encouraging soprano and pianist who dropped her existence early inside a mountaineering incident; her older sibling, Olivier, was a composer, pianist, and musicologist. Her oldest sibling was the renowned Jehan Alain, a composer and organist whose educators included Dupré, Dukas, and Jean Roger-Ducasse. He numbered Messiaen and Poulenc among his closest close friends and his functions for body organ — Litanies, specifically — founded him among the brightest celebrities among increasing French composers within the 10 years before his battlefield loss of life in 1940, at 29. A twin feeling of reduction and inheritance educated her research and profession. Using the allied liberation of Paris in August 1944, she came into the Paris Conservatoire, learning with Dupré for body organ, Pié-Caussade for counterpoint and fugue, and Maurice Duruflé for tranquility. Duruflé composed among the finest of his little but masterly band of body organ functions as an hommage to Marie-Claire’s sibling, the Prélude et fugue sur le nom d’Alain, Op. 7 (1942). She analyzed with Duruflé from 1944 until 1950, schoolwork becoming augmented by personal lessons. During her Conservatoire years, she transported off four Leading Prix. Following the inauguration of her profession in 1950, she required a reward for body organ in the Geneva International Competition and offered her first general public recital. The Amis de Orgue granted her the Bach Reward in 1951. Following a further 2 yrs of research with Gaston Litaize, she used her profession in earnest, providing more than 2000 recitals world-wide. Her recordings quantity within the hundreds, and she thrice documented the complete body organ functions of Bach. With the 1980s, she acquired become referred to as an expert in 17th and 18th hundred years music, with many recordings of functions by Couperin, Grigny, Daquin, Vivaldi, Buxtehude, Pachelbel, Handel, C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, and Mozart — among numerous others — to her credit. But she also produced recognized recordings of Intimate repertoire with albums of functions by Mendelssohn, César Franck, Liszt, Widor, Vierne, Poulenc, and Jehan Alain — whose punctilious execution is normally suffused with interest — carrying in to the 21st hundred years living traditions increasing to the center of the 19th. She was also very much in demand being a teacher.

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Full Name Marie-Claire Alain
Died February 26, 2013, Le Pecq, France
Profession Organist
Education Conservatoire de Paris
Parents Albert Alain
Siblings Jehan Alain
Music Songs Litanies, JA 119, Chorale "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ", BWV 639, Toccata en sol majeur, Sleepers Awake, Trois danses, Toccata, adagio and fugue in C major BWV564, Pastorale, Ballade en mode phrygien, JA 9, Choral Dorien, Prelude et Fugue, for organ, JA 75, 57, Choral cistercien, JA 132, Deux danses à Agni Yavishta, Le jardin suspendu, JA 71, Deuxième Fantaisie, JA 117, Fantasia in G major, BWV 571, Variations sur un thème de Clément Janequin, JA 118, Prélude et fugue en sol majeur, Messe pour les couvents: Elevation: Tierce en taille, Ô nuit brillante, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, S. 565, Concerto for 4 Organs in A Minor, BWV 1065: III. Allegro, Suite pour orgue, JA 69: I. Introduction et Variation, Variations sur "Lucis Creator" JA 27, Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543, Choral dorien, JA 67, Aria, JA 138, Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542, Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 553, Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599, Passacaglia and fugue in C minor BWV582, Chorals Schübler: II. Wo Soll Ich Fliehen Hin BWV 646, Ave Maria
Albums Organ Works (organ: Marie-Claire Alain), Bach: Complete Organ Works, Préludes & Fugues, Toccata & Fugue / Passacaglia, J. S. Bach - Chorals pour Orgue (feat. Marie-Claire Alain, Great Toccatas, Sonates en Trio BWV 525-530 (feat. organ: Marie-Claire Alain), BACH - Chefs-d'oeuvre pour orgue, Alain: L'oeuvre pour orgue (The Complete Organ Works), Christmas Organ Music, Couperin : Messe pour les paroisses & Messe pour les couvents, Handel: Intégrale des seize concertos pour orgue et orchestre (Collection trésors, stéréo version), Vierne: Pièces pour orgue (Aux grandes orgues de l'église Sainte-Clotilde de Paris) [Mono Version], Noëls d'église (Mono Version), Handel: Concertos pour orgue Nos. 1 - 4 (Mono Version), Handel: Concertos pour orgue, vol. 2 (Mono Version), Poulenc, Alain & Duruflé : Organ Works, Organ Masterpieces, Volume 2 (organ: Marie-Claire Alain), Complete Works for Organ, Volume 1, C. P. E. Bach: Concerto pour orgue, Wq. 35 - Soler: Quintette pour orgue et cordes No. 6 (Mono Version), Les bis pour Orgue, L'Œuvre pour orgue, vol. 1, Noëls français pour orgue (Aux grandes orgues de la cathédrale d'Auch) [Mono Version], L'orgue avant Bach (Aux grandes orgues de la cathédrale Sainte-Marie d'Auch) [Mono Version], Jehan Alain retrouvé, Bach: Das Orgel-Büchlein, vol. 3 (À l'orgue de l'église de Varde) [Mono Version], Toccata, Adagio & Fugue / Pastorale / Préludes & Fugues / Toccata & Fugue, Bach, JS : Organ Works, Albert & Jehan Alain: Alain Organ, Messe du sacre des rois de France (Mono version), Liszt : The Great Organ Works, Bach: Concertos for 2, 3 and 4 Organs, BWV 1060, 1061, 1062, 1604 & 1605 (Collection 25e anniversaire), Die Kunst der Fuge (feat. organ: Marie-Claire Alain), Mozart : 7 sonates d'église pour orchestre et orgue, Litanies a la Vierge Noire / Quatre Motets pour un Temps de Penitence / Laudes a Saint Antoine de Padoue / Ave Verum Corpus / Salve Regina / Exultate Deo, Mozart: 7 Sonates d'église (Mono Version), Handel: Concertos pour orgue, vol. 1 (Mono Version), Handel: Concertos pour orgue, vol. 4 (Mono Version), Complete Works for Organ, Volume 2, Bach: L'œuvre pour orgue, vol. 7 (Stereo Version), Albert Alain par Marie-Claire Alain aux orgues de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Handel: Concertos pour orgue Nos. 5 - 8 (Mono Version), Bach: Concerto, BWV 1052 & 3 Sinfonias de cantates (Mono Version), Les Plus Belles Pages de l'Orgue, Bach: Œuvres pour orgue BWV 536, 538, 541 & 582 (Mono Version), L'Œuvre pour orgue, vol. 2, Bach: Chorals & Extraits de l'Oratorio de Noël (Arranged for Organ, Mono Version), Handel: Concertos pour orgue Nos. 9 - 12 (Mono Version), Bach: Fantaisies et fugues pour orgue (Mono Version), Couperin: Messe à l'usage ordinaire des paroisses (Mono Version), Gounod : Messe Chorale & Saint-Saëns : Mass - Apex
Movies Organs, Toccatas & Fantasias

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1 She championed the organ works of her oldest brother, Jehan Alain, a composer who was killed in action against the German invasion of France in 1940.
2 She was the youngest child in a family of musicians. At age 11, she began assisting her father, Albert, at the organ in the church of Saint-Germain, and succeeded him there after he died in 1971.
3 She was an organist, teacher, and recording artist. She taught at the Paris Conservatory, where she had studied after World War II with Marcel Dupré and Maurice Duruflé.



Jack Reacher: Never Go Back 2016 performer: "German Organ Mass: Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit BWV 672"
Vénus beauté (institut) 1999 performer: "Nuit de Noël"
Picture Perfect 1997 performer: "Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring #7", "Mendelssohn's Wedding March"
Goto, l'île d'amour 1969 performer: "Concerto No 11 opus 7"
The Game Is Over 1966 performer: "Organ Concerto, Opus 7"
Masterworks 1966 TV Series performer - 1 episode



Masterworks 1966 TV Series Herself - Organist

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1 I come from a musical family, and we played Bach virtually every evening, playing on the organ, singing cantatas - Bach was almost a family illness! (in an interview in British quarterly The Organ)

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