Maurice Duruflé

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Born: 1902-1986
Nationality: French
Education/Training: joined the choir school at Rouen Cathedral at age 10 and studied organ, piano and music theory; moved to Paris at 17 and studied with Charles Tournemire; in 1920, entered the Paris Conservatoire and studied composition with Paul Dukas
Best Known For:
compositions that employ modern harmonies superimposed upon ancient Gregorian chants; synthesis creates almost otherworldy effects
Notable Compositions:
Three Dances, 1932; Requiem, 1947; Four Motets on Gregorian Themes for Chorus, 1960; Messe "cum Jubilo", 1966
Assignments:
after 1919, assistant to organist Charles Tournemire then to Louis Vierne at Norte Dame Cathedral; organist to St. Etiene-du-Mont, 1930; Professor of Harmony at Paris Conservatoire, 1943
Curious Facts: widely esteemed as an organist, though his performing career was tragically cut short by an auto accident in 1975 which left him gravely disabled until death
REPERTOIRE : Requiem
CONCERTDATES
Embrace 01/23/2005
Splendors of the 20th Century 06/04/1993
Choral Concerts for Young People 03/18/1972
Choral Concerts for Young People 03/18/1972
Pasadena Concert 01/06/1967
Choral Workshop Festival Concert 07/01/1972
REPERTOIRE : Tota pulchra es (motet 3 -- Quatre Motets sur des Themes Gregoriens)
CONCERTDATES
College Choir Festival 11/13/2004
Mystic Chant 04/28/1996
French Masters from Passereau to Poulenc 03/20/1972
French Connections 11/07/2010
REPERTOIRE : Ubi Caritas (motet 1 -- Quatre Motets sur des Themes Gregoriens)
CONCERTDATES
Cathedral Concert 10/12/2003
14th Annual High School Choir Festival 04/29/2003
SING! 08/24/1996
Mystic Chant 04/28/1996
French Masters from Passereau to Poulenc 03/20/1972
12th Annual High School Choir Festival 04/27/2001
2nd Annual High School Choir Festival 03/07/1991
French Connections 11/07/2010
50th Season Celebration 09/22/2013
North American Congress of the Laity Concert 02/17/1978
Wade in the Water 04/30/2017
REPERTOIRE : Tantum ergo (motet 2 -- Quatre Motets sur des Themes Gregoriens)
CONCERTDATES
Mystic Chant 04/28/1996
French Connections 11/07/2010
REPERTOIRE : Tu es Petrus (motet 4 -- Quatre Motets sur des Themes Gregoriens)
CONCERTDATES
Mystics at the Cathedral 11/10/2002
Mystic Chant 04/28/1996
French Connections 11/07/2010
50th Season Celebration 09/22/2013
REPERTOIRE : Trios Danses Op. 6
CONCERTDATES
Duruflé, Honegger, Debussy & Poulenc 03/31/1979
REPERTOIRE : Messe (Cum Jubilo) Op. 11
CONCERTDATES
Mozart, Duruflé & Argento 11/05/2000
A Time to Celebrate 11/03/1973
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