Jehan Alain (1911-1940) was a French organist and composer. His Aria for Organ was composed in 1938 and was superbly rearranged for Flute and Organ later that year by his brother, Olivier Alain.
Alain studied with Organ virtuosos, Guilmant and Vierne and was primarily an organist and composer of religious music. Whilst at the Paris Conservatoire, he won many prizes and his composition catalogue comprises some 140 works. Alain's Aria remains popular, suitable for intermediate flautists. As a lively piece for Flute, its Organ accompaniment, as opposed to Piano accompaniment is unusual. Yet, Alain's Aria is an exciting and varied piece for aspiring flautists.