I have just received the news that Marie-Claire Alain, a legendary French organist, teacher, and recording artist passed away on February 26, 2013. She was 86.
Her influence on the modern organ world is beyond words. She will be greatly missed.
Her father was Albert Alain (1880-1971) - organist and composer, as were her brothers Jehan (1911-1940) and Olivier (1918-1994). She graduated from the Paris Conservatory with 4 Grand Prix. She was an organ student of Marcel Dupre and studied at the harmony class of Maurice Durufle.
Please read about her in Minnesota Public Radio Blog. (There you will find links to Michael Barone's two radio shows about her in Pipedreams).
Also watch her play her brother's Jehan Alain Second Phantasie.
Requiescat in Pace.
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