Jehan Alain, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Jehan Alain

French organist and composer

Date of Birth: 03-Feb-1911

Place of Birth: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 20-Jun-1940

Profession: composer, organist, choir director

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Jehan Alain

  • Jehan Ariste Alain (3 February 1911 – 20 June 1940) was a French organist, composer, and soldier.
  • Born into a family of musicians, he learned the organ from his father and a host of other teachers, becoming a composer at 18, and composing 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, as well as his interest in music, dance and philosophies of the far east.
  • At the outbreak of WWII Alain became a dispatch rider in the Eighth Motorised Armour Division of the French Army; he took part in the Battle of Saumur, in which he was killed.

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