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Maurice Durufle

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the man was the illest.:king:





b. Louviers, Eure, January 11, 1902

d. Paris, France, June 16, 1986



Maurice Duruflé, French composer and organist, had many experiences that marked his musical education. At age ten his father brought him to Rouen and enrolled him in the boychoir school. His experiences singing in the great Cathedral there were to influence him throughout the rest of his life. When older, Duruflé moved to Paris and took lessons from Vierne while also acting as an assistant organist to Tournemire at Saint-Clotilde. He studied at the Paris Conservatory with Gigout, and was educated in composition under Paul Dukas. In 1930, Duruflé was appointed organist at St. Etienne-du-Mont, Paris. In 1943 he returned to the Paris Conservatory, this time as a faculty member.


Duruflé's six organ works are large in scale, intended for concert, rather than liturgical use. They are neo-classic in style, with strong Gregorian chant influences. His pieces are characterized by clear forms coupled with traditional counterpoint. Their beauty stems from their full, romantic harmonies.


Points of Interest


* Duruflé thought it was just a visit that took him and his father to Rouen when he was ten years old. He had no idea he would be staying behind until that evening, when his father announced that he was leaving and young Maurice would not be going with him.

* Duruflé won first prize in virtually all of his collegiate subjects, including organ, harmony, counterpoint and fugue, accompaniment, and composition.

* He met his wife Marie-Madeleine Chevalier while a professor at the Paris Conservatory. She was a bright organ student, twenty years younger than he was. They were married in 1953.

* Both Duruflé and his wife were injured in an automobile accident in 1975. Madame Duruflé was eventually able to play again, but Monsieur Duruflé was not.




* Prélude, Adagio et Choral Varié sur le Veni Creator

* Prélude sur l'Introét de l'Epiphanie

* Fugue sur le callion des heures de la cathédrale de Soissons

* Scherzo

* Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d'Alain

* Suite (prélude, sicilienne, toccata)


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