Maurice Duruflé
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1901-01-11
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Maurice Duruflé

Maurice Duruflé Biography (BBC)

Maurice Duruflé followed in the tradition of the French Romantic organist-composers at a time when Stravinsky and others were embracing 20th-century modernism.

He was born in Louviers, Normandy, and joined the choir school of Rouen Cathedral aged 10. At 17 he moved to Paris, studying with Tournemire and Vierne before entering the Paris Conservatoire in 1920. Here he was a pupil alongside Messiaen in Dukas’s composition class, and he left with a handful of premiers prix. He assisted Vierne at Notre-Dame from 1929 to 1931 and became organist at St Étienne-du-Mont in 1930. His finely crafted works often incorporate harmonisations of Gregorian chant, as in his Requiem (1947) and the Quatre motets sur des themes grégoriens (1960).

His organ music, especially the Suite, Op. 5 (1933), is regularly performed, though his two orchestral works – the early Trois danses, Op. 6, and an Allegro et scherzo, Op. 8 – are forgotten. An active performer, he premiered Poulenc’s Organ Concerto in 1939 and gave recital tours of the USA in 1964 and 1966, but was forced to stop playing in 1975 when injuries following a car accident largely confined

him to his bed.

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Maurice Duruflé Biography (Wikipedia)

Maurice Duruflé (11 January 1902 – 16 June 1986) was a French composer, organist, and teacher.

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Maurice Duruflé Performances

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4 motets sur themes Gregoriens
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4 motets sur themes Gregoriens
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Prelude, adagio et chorale varie sur le theme du Veni Creator, Op.4
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Prelude, adagio et chorale varie sur le theme du Veni Creator, Op.4
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In Paradisum (Requiem)
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In Paradisum (Requiem)
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Fugue (Prelude & Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op.7)
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Fugue (Prelude & Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, Op.7)
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4 Motets sur des themes gregoriens Op.10 for a capella choir
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4 Motets sur des themes gregoriens Op.10 for a capella choir
Maurice Duruflé
Requiem, Op 9 (Introit & Kyrie)
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Requiem, Op 9 (Introit & Kyrie)
Maurice Duruflé
Requiem (Op.9) [original version]
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Requiem (Op.9) [original version]
Maurice Duruflé
Prelude sur l'introit de l'Epiphanie for organ
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Prelude sur l'introit de l'Epiphanie for organ
Maurice Duruflé
Requiem
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Requiem
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Requiem: Kyrie
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Requiem: Kyrie
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Tantum Ergo
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Tantum Ergo
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Ubi Caritas et amor
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Ubi Caritas et amor
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4 Motets sur des themes gregoriens
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4 Motets sur des themes gregoriens
Maurice Duruflé
Tota pulchra es
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Tota pulchra es
Jordi Cabre & Maurice Duruflé
Scherzo Op.2 for organ
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Scherzo Op.2 for organ
Maurice Duruflé
Requiem Op.9, Sanctus
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Requiem Op.9, Sanctus
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4 Motets sur des themes gregoriens Op.10 for a capella choir
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4 Motets sur des themes gregoriens Op.10 for a capella choir
Playlists featuring Maurice Duruflé
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
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Clemency Burton-Hill

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