Marie-Claire Alain, the foremost French organist, teacher and recording artist of our time, has died at age 86
She was the 'little black sheep' daughter, the 'afterthought', last of four children of a very musical family (her father Albert was an organist, composer, and amateur organ builder; her eldest brother Jehan an exceptional composer, killed early in WW2 at the age of 29; her second brother, Olivier, a musicologist; her sister Odile, also musical, also died young in a tragic skiing accident). Marie-Claire, encouraged by Jehan, showed remarkable talent, and went on to become the first French woman to record the complete works of Bach (three times!), and enjoyed an international reputation for her numerous recordings and concert tours. The list of her students is a 'whose-who' of the present-day organ world.
Madame Alain's performances are included in numerous PIPEDREAMS programs. Her commentary, in particular, is features in two special broadcasts: Alain on Alain, Part 1 & Part 2
Hers was a optimistic personality, a quick wit, an elegant turn of phrase (musically and verbally), and a virtuosic yet also deeply perceptive and expressive performance style, attested to by her dozens of recordings. Her health had been deteriorating in recent months. She will be sorely missed.
Requiem Aeternum, Marie-Claire Alain. (b. August 10, 1926 – d. February 28, 2013)
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