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Jehan Biography Chronology
  • Born on February 3, 1911 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines, France).
    Son of Albert Alain, organist and composer, and Magdeleine Alain, born Alberty.
  • Classical studies at the Collège of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, then at Saint-Jean de Béthune in Versailles.
  • Musical studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris from 1929 to 1939, with teachers André Bloch (harmony), Georges Caussade (counterpoint and fugue), Paul Dukas then Roger Ducasse (composition) and Marcel Dupré (organ and improvisation).
    1st prize in harmony (1933), 1st prize in counterpoint and fugue (1933) and 1st prize in organ and improvisation (1939).
  • 1st prize in composition from Les Amis de l'Orgue in 1936 for his Suite pour orgue.
  • Maried to Madeleine Payan (April 1935) and father of three children: Lise (1936), Agnès (1938) and Denis (1939).
  • Enrolled into the army in September, 1939, and killed in action during the battle of Saumur on June 20, 1940.
  • Composer of more than 140 works: 52 piano pieces, 36 organ pieces, two melodies, ten motets for soloists or mixed choirs, three masses and 18 pieces for chamber music.
    Kept by death from completing his major work: the orchestration of his Trois Danses pour orchestre, the original transcription of which for the organ has been fortunately saved for us, as well as a first sketch for the piano.