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 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. Alain was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye in the western suburbs of Paris, into a family of musicians. His father, Albert Alain — was an organist, composer and organ builder who had studied with Alexandre Guilmant and Louis Vierne. His younger brother was the composer, organist and pianist Olivier Alain — , and his youngest sister the organist Marie-Claire Alain —

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By the standards of the organ chorale genre, Alain 's Choral Dorien is beefy; its four-minute duration and rich polyphony extend beyond the realm of a simple miniature. Alain built this piece on the dorian mode -- but the dorian mode in the ancient Greek usage, which is thought to have been more like the medieval phrygian mode.

Whatever one chooses to call it, this modal structure is only a foundation for the chorale; it moves quickly into a more chromatic harmonic language, making only vague references to specific scales and tonal centers.

At a slow, processional tempo, the piece evolves from a cautiously rising four-note motif; melodically, the piece wanders up and down the scale from there, but it always returns to some form of the original motif. Dominated by long, ominous pedal notes, the chorale increases gradually in volume, though it never reaches a loud climax; instead, it falls away gently into silence.

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