Manuscripts

Purpose
In collaboration between the family of Jehan Alain and the Association Jehan Alain, based in Romainmôtier (Switzerland), the publication of following documents is aimed to give public access to a collection of original manuscripts of Jehan Alain's organ works, thus allowing musicians, beyond the existing editions and other publications, to conduct a personal study of these sources.
The present form of publication has been selected because of the easiness and speed of access, and the possibility to complete the collection any time in the future.
The present publication is exclusively dedicated to personal study and excludes any commercial use of the material. Any kind of reproduction, even partial, is prohibited without previously obtaining permission from the owners of the material. Neither the Association Jehan Alain, nor the Alain family, are legally responsible for unauthorized use of the documents. The owners of the manuscripts have the right to take legal action against trespassers.
The comprehension and understanding of the documents and the use which may be made of them, remain the user's personal responsability. Out of respect for the composer, his family and his friends, any polemic action based on the documents should be avoided. The sources disclosed here cannot be questioned ; neither the good will and sincerity of those who have agreed to let them be published.

Introduction (Aurélie Decourt)

PDF,click here

Structure of the publication (Denis Alain)
The publication consists of two main parts :
1. Detailed listing of the manuscripts, giving access to the fac-simile
2. A series of numeric files, pictures of the manuscripts
For technical reasons, and in the perspective of later additions or improvements, the picture files are not recorded on the base of opus numbers, but each physical manuscript has been attributed a voluntary number. This allows every object to be identified, whether or not it is related to an opus number : complete scores or project, or any interesting item related to the manuscripts.

Marking of the picture files of the HA-Fonds (Alain heirs) (File Tag, column 1)
N.B. : These markings are voluntary and have been assigned by Denis Alain according to the requirements of a systematic numerisation of the documents as physical objects of any kind.
They consist of a letter (category of the document), followed by a number of 2 or 3 figures, inside the given category, and have normally been designated in the order of the physical objects during the work of archivation (March 2014).
Since this lists are extractions of the organ works from the complete inventary of the JA manuscripts, the numberings are not consistent and gaps may appear.

Categories of documents :
C : catalogues, diplomas, class pictures
N : notebooks 1 to 9 (in these notebooks, JA copied the pieces which he found satisfactory)
P : isolated scores
T : transcriptions
U : fragments and projects
X : unclassified documents

Publishers (column 10)
AL : Editions Alphonse Leduc, 85 rue Gabriel Péri, F 92120 Montrouge www.alphonseleduc.com
CP : Editions M. Combre, collection Hérelle, 27 bd Beaumarchais, F 75004 Paris
DV : Doblinger Musikverlag, Dorotheergasse 10, A 1010 Wien, www.doblinger.at
LP : Editions Lemoine, see CP above
SC : Editions musicales de la Schola Cantorum, CH 2114 Fleurier, www.schola-edition.com
UV : Universal Edition AG, Bösendorferstrasse 12, A 1010 Wien, www.universaledition.com

Numbering JA 2015 (column 5)
It was initiated by JA himself from 1929 to the end of 1938. The chronology is not always exactly respected, especially in the last years, and pieces composed after the last redaction (October 1938) are not included.
The author, who probably was short of time, has accidentally skipped the numbers 102 to 111, and the autographic numbering stops at Nr 128.
Most of the numbers are written with a thick pencil directly on the manuscripts and are from the hand of Jehan Alain. Later, several well intentioned persons tried to emend them, using unhomogenous additions (bis, ter, A bis, etc.) and for this reason, the various lists differ one from another.
Whatever the situation may be, JA's numbering, even if not perfect, should be used again. This is the case here, with following rules :
- The number part with 3 figures is unchanged.
- The various versions or variants bear an additional mark :
for the autographs, a figure (-2 ; -3 ; etc., instead of bis, ter, etc.)
for the non-autographs, a letter (-A : -B ; -C ; usw.)
It is understood that the first version always is supposed to be marked with -1.
The mention « n.a. » in this column means « non applicable » (not by JA).
Numbering M(arie)C(laire)A(lain) 2003 (column 6)
The numbers are the ones found in the JA-catalogue made by MCA, which has been re-used in many other publications and also on the Jehan Alain webpage.
Numbering AWV (Alain-Werk-Verzeichnis) (column 16)
These numbers are the numbers used in Helga Schauerte's catalogue in Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) of 1999, taken from the 1985 catalogue in the magazine L'Orgue, special issue Jehan Alain.

Files of the manuscripts

Important note, by Denis Alain: The manuscripts in the library are presently those belonging to the JA direct heirs: his children Lise, Agnès and Denis. They unanimously consider that the site of the Alain society is the most appropriate place to publish the manuscripts and strongly disagree with any person withholding other documents. Some of the missing documents are in the hands of Helga Schauerte-Maubouet, or in the possession of other family members, and we will do our best to convince them to release their manuscripts for addition to our library. 
1. Description-inventary of the manuscripts, in the order of the « file tag ». This file is an excerpt from the general inventary of the Fonds, which explains the gaps in the numbering.
AJA_Inventaire_descriptif.pdf
2. Inversed inventary, the same file put in the order of the opus numbers (JA…).
AJA_Inventaire_inverse.pdf

3. Summary of the manuscript files, a picture file giving access to the corresponding fac-simile.

MANUSCRIPTS SUMMARY

N1.07 Verset choral
2,13Mb

N1.10 Petite balade
4,78Mb

N2.02 Pour complies
6,85Mb

N2.05 Lamento
4,07Mb

N2.06 Berceuse sur 2 notes
4,21Mb

N4.03 Choral vari sur ...
16,83Mb

N4.04 Fugue
4,43Mb

N4.05 Postlude pour l'office des complies
8,26Mb

N4.09 Grave
3,49Mb

N4.10 Petits prlude, ...
8,33Mb

N4.14 Chant donn
3,25Mb

N4.15 Complainte la mode ancienne
1,99Mb

N6.10 Fugue pour orgue
9,86Mb

N6.14 Canon pour piano et harmonium
2,31Mb

N6.15 DeJules Lematre
7,02Mb

N6.16 Fantasmagorie pour orgue
12,62Mb

N7.205 Berceuse
6,01Mb

N7.209 Monodie
8,48Mb

N8.12 Christe eleison
1,51Mb

N8.13 Amen
1,51Mb

N9.03 Monodie
3,74Mb

P008 Berceuse sur 2 notes qui cornent
286,96Kb

P014 Lamento
3,12Mb

P022 Berceuse sur 2 notes
622,34Kb

P028 Prlude complies
1,24Mb

P028-2 Chacone
857,34Kb

P029 Un cercle d'argent
1,07Mb

P031 Pice d'orgue
2,97Mb

P033 Fugue
1,87Mb

P036 Fantasmagorie
3,66Mb

P037 Premier prlude
2,14Mb

P038 Deuxime prlude
1,75Mb

P040 Deuxime prlude
910,18Kb

P042-2 Intermezzo
13,79Mb

P043 Fileuse
5,88Mb

P045 Choral Dorien
1,76Mb

P046 Choral Phrygien
1,87Mb

P048 Suite pour orgue 2me
7,00Mb

P049 Introduction
466,59Kb

P052 Suite pour orgue, scherzo
5,50Mb

P053 Suite pour orgue, scherzo
5,91Mb

P054 Suite pour orgue, scherzo
3,74Mb

P058 Le jardin suspendu
3,77Mb

P059 1re fantaisie pour orgue
4,58Mb

P060 1re fantaisie, brouillon crayon
3,31Mb

P065 Prlude et fugue
3,39Mb

P065-2 Fugue
2,28Mb

P066 Prlude 2me manu.
1,08Mb

P067 Prlude, 3me manu.
1,05Mb

P068 Prlude, 4me manu.
891,78Kb

P069 Deux danses A.Y.
9,31Mb

P070 Deux danses A.Y. 2me danse
4,25Mb

P071 Climat
1,93Mb

P072 2 danses - Mdine
1,16Mb

P073 Climat
393,28Kb

P082 Suite pour orgue
3,57Mb

P082-2 Suite pour orgue, 2me manuscrit
3,49Mb

P083 Suite pour orgue, 3me manuscrit
2,60Mb

P084 Suite pour orgue, 4me manuscrit - Copie
3,17Mb

P096 Deuxime fantaisie
7,67Mb

P097 Deuxime fantaisie
8,16Mb

P098 Deuxime fantaisie
3,27Mb

P099 Jannequin
6,91Mb

P100 Litanies
7,66Mb

P101 Litanies
590,97Kb

P101-2 pain du ciel
684,87Kb

P105 Deuxime danse
7,67Mb

T07 Franois Campion 01/03
6,81Mb

T07 Franois Campion 02/03
8,04Mb

T07 Franois Campion 03/03
10,12Mb

T11 Aria, fragment
1,38Mb

T13 Musique commerciale pour ...
3,95Mb

U07 Esquisses
1,42Mb

X001 F.Campion LIB.1
19,55Mb

X002 F.Campion LIB 2
6,94Mb

X003 F.Campion LIB 3
3,36Mb

X012 FC. Trois prludes
2,36Mb

X054 Choral cistercien, SACEM
538,00Kb

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