Duruflé, Maurice

(January 11, 1902 - June 16, 1986)

A student, at the Conservatoire de Paris, of Dukas for composition and Gigout for the organ, he however works this instrument at the same time with Tournemire (successor of Franck in Sainte-Clotilde) and Louis Vierne.

A replacement of Vierne for the organ of Notre-Dame de Paris (1929-1931), an assistant of M. Dupré for the organ class at the Conservatoire, where he will soon be the tenured professor of an harmony class (1943-1973) - he will notably have Pierre Cochereau as a student -, he is named organist of Saint-Etienne du Mont, in Paris, in 1931 (a position he will keep until his death in 1986).

A virtuoso organist, very famous in the United States where he’s made many tours, Maurice Duruflé is mostly known for his Requiem, very notorious and played all over the world; the rest of his work is nevertheless characterized by the same writing quality and a great expressiveness.

Some of his works:

Messe cum "jubilo" (1966)
for one voice
for solo baritone, baritones choir, orchestra & organ
2.2.2.2 — 4.3.3.1 — timb - 2 perc - grand orgue - hpe — cordes [divisées]
Editions Durand - On hire and on purchase

Requiem (1947)
for soli, choir, orchestra & organ
3.3.3.2 — 4.3.3.1 — timb - 2 perc - grand orgue - hpe — cordes [divisées]
Editions Durand - On hire and on purchase

Andante et Scherzo (1940)
for orchestra
3.3.3.2 — 4.3.3.1 — 2 hpe — cordes [divisées]
Editions Durand - On hire and on purchase

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