Alain, Jehan (1911–1940)

Jehan Ariste Alain (3 February 1911 Saint-Germain-en-Laye – 20 June 1940 Petit-Puy) was a French organist and composer.

His short career as a composer began in 1929, when Alain was 18, and lasted until the outbreak of the Second World War 10 years later. His music was influenced not only by the musical language of the earlier Claude Debussy and his contemporary Olivier Messiaen (seen in Le jardin suspendu, 1934), but also by an interest in the music, dance and philosophies of the far east (acquired at the Exposition coloniale internationale of 1931 and seen in Deux danses à Agni Yavishta, 1932, and Deuxième fantaisie, 1936), a renaissance of baroque music (seen in Variations sur un thème de Clément Janequin, 1937), and in jazz (seen in Trois danses of 1939). Alain described Le jardin suspendu ("The Hanging Garden") as a portrayal of "the ideal, perpetual pursuit and escape of the artist, an inaccessible and inviolable refuge".

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Trois Mouvements pour Flûte et Orgue JA 074C

Trois Mouvements pour Flûte et Orgue JA 074C | more info
Duration 6'10'' 14 pages

1. Andante 2'00''
2. Allegro con grazia 2'00''
3. Allegro vivace 2'10''

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