Hi All! So I’ve recently discovered this beautiful little Duruflé piece. However, I can ‘t seem to track down the score anyway. I did some research. Stream Duruflé: Chant donné by öder from desktop or your mobile device. Some time ago I landed on this site in the midst of a discussion of “the most beautiful organ pieces.” Durufle’s little known “Chant Donne.

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By the time he began to flower as a composer, the Solesmes method had superseded all earlier efforts and had been authorized by papal edict.

This is precisely why music, in order to be liturgically suitable, must be construed by the composer and mastered by the performer in such a way that it can be “seen through,” giving it a sacramental verity. Born January 11, in Louviers, Eure, France. When the Second Vatican Council durufoe gave its imprimatur to indigenous, vernacular music, inthe French clergy saw classically trained church musicians as the enemy, because they continued to defend a style of music that had successfully isolated itself from secular culture.

Some considered him an always worried, pathological perfectionist. His overall purpose was to develop in his pupils an aesthetic of the beautiful, and was not limited by preparations for the year-end competitions.

Systeme D: Chant Donne redux

This is not to deny the virtues and gifts of each, but merely to assert that by their companionship they constituted a miracle of collaboration. Go to top of page. It remains for the listener to label the duurfle musical or architectural, and religious or aesthetic.

Pretty much all Durufle’s organ music, except for the Soissons carillon, is published by editions Durand.


The link between the liturgy and the music composed for it was a compelling consideration for him, and thus for the character of his music. His works, which, due to his crippling self-criticism, number only 14, are based on Gregorian chant. On the off-chance, I’ve e-mailed Barenreiter to suggest they consider it for their excellent Vox Humana series. He was also appointed professor of harmony, a position that he held until On Saturday, August 26,the day after the liberation of Paris, well over a million people lined the parade route from the Arc de Triomphe to Notre-Dame Cathedral.

After the French Revolution the musical practice of the church found itself in dire straits, and reformers took years to locate, research, revive, and experiment with the vhant of plainsong so that it could effectively counter the republican tunes, the secular airs, and the trivial pomp that had doe so popular in its wake.

Chant donné (Hommage à Jean Gallon)

The new Vichy regime, formally established in July after France’s defeat by Germany, continued the program of commissions established by the now displaced Third Republic. The truth was rather more complex than that. Indeed, he was away from the dkrufle for four of the war years, cone was reproached for having his photograph taken at the side of some German organists in military uniform.

We have played the prelude to a friendship; we have all of life for the fugue. He asked if there wasn’t something “different” about it. The dodecaphonic method was invading the air waves, and every composer who was not writing according to the serial technique was taken to be old-fashioned. As late asfhant acknowledged, “I have never forgotten anything that I learned from my cherished Master, Charles Tournemire.


Drinking Hanging Out In Love. An uncompromising artist, he performed with impeccable virtuosity, and with the same eloquent lyricism, the same poetry, and the same sense of nobility and grandeur for which his predecessors were renowned.

Perhaps not too surprising – the Durufle Association only lists it as part of a album. Streams Videos All Posts. Reviewers have described it as softly luminous, sumptuous, suffused with a tender radiance, of a noble and restrained eloquence and a sweet and serene light, a work of scrupulous craft and exquisite sensibility, having beautiful unity and real grandeur. This email address is being protected from spambots. The performance took place at Salle Gaveau. At the age of 10, he entered the choir school at the Rouen cathedral, where he studied piano, organ and theory with Jules Haelling.

In this way, his work bears the attribute of luminosity universally cjant to it. She told him that she played it in D-flat major instead of D major “because it made the large stretches in the left hand easier to manage. They accepted the work and the first performance of the Requiem was broadcast to a national not merely a Parisian audience over French radio, on November 2,on the observance of All Souls Day, the day on which the Roman Catholic Church prays for the dead in purgatory.

Despite the mayhem, De Gaulle walked forward up the aisle to the high altar where the service was to begin. He was an exacting perfectionist whose high standards exceeded his perceived grasp. eone