The death has been announced of Marie-Claire Alain, one of the most influential organists of all time. She was 86.
Her father, Albert Alain (1880-1971), was an organ composer and builder. Her composer brother, Jehain Alain, died fighting the German in 1940, at the age of 29. Marie-Claire played his works all her life.
A second brother, Olivier Alan (1918-1994) was an organist and director of the conservatory in their birthplace, Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
Marie-Claire Alain recorded the complete organ works of J S Bach no fewer than three times.