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Flag of Le Vésinet - Image by Arnaud Leroy, 18 January 2002
The municipality of Le Vésinet (16,339 inhabitants - Vésigondins - in 2008; 500 ha) is located west of Paris..
The French composer and organist Jehan Alain (1911-1940), born in
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, close to Le Vésinet, hold the organ in
one of the churches of Le Vésinet. Since his death in the
beginning of the Second World War, his sister Marie-Claire (b. 1926) has not stopped editing, promoting and playing her brother's works, which are
among the most original organ works of the 20th century. Marie-Claire
Alain is also noted for her interpretations of French
organ music (Saint-Saëns' Symphony with Organ and
Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and String Orchestra).
The philosoph Alain (a.k.a. Emile Chartier, 1868-1951), not related to the organist, lived in Le Vésinet from 1917 to his death. Alain's philosophy, easy to read and understand but not simplistic, is a pleasant mix of Cartesian humanism and Socratic irreverence.
Ivan Sache, 18 January 2002
The flag of Le Vésinet, as communicated by the municipal administration, is white with the municipal coat of arms surmounted with the name of the town.
Arnaud Leroy, 18 January 2002