Maurice Duruflé: The Man and His Music

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University Rochester Press, 2007 - 375 pages
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Maurice Duruflé: The Man and His Music is a new biography of the great French organist and composer (1902-86), and the most comprehensive in any language. James E. Frazier traces Duruflé's musical training, his studies with Tournemire and Vierne, and his career as an organist, church musician, composer, recitalist, Conservatoire professor, and orchestral musician. Frazier also examines the career and contributions of Duruflé's wife, the formidable organist Marie-Madeleine Duruflé-Chevalier. Duruflé brought the church's unique language of plainsong into a compelling liaison with the secular harmonies of the modern French school (as typified by Debussy, Ravel, and Dukas) in works for his own instrument and in his widely loved masterpiece, the Requiem Op. 9 for soloists, chorus, organ, and orchestra. Drawing on the accounts of those who knew Duruflé personally as well as on Frazier's own detailed research, Maurice Duruflé offers a broad sketch of this modest and elusive man, widely recognized today for having created some of the greatest works in the organ repertory -- and the masterful Requiem.BR>James E. Frazier is organist and Director of Music at the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Evangelist in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
 

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Introduction
1
Durufles Childhood and Early Education
9
Life at the Cathedral Choir School
15
Lessons with Charles Tournemire
24
Lessons with Louis Vierne
29
The Conservatoire Student
39
Durufles Distinctions
46
The Contested Successions at NotreDame and Sainte Clotilde
49
The Vichy Commissions
156
The Requiem
166
The Musical History of Saint EtienneduMont
181
The Organs at Saint EtienneduMont
191
Saint EtienneduMont
198
2o Durufle as Organist and Teacher
200
Durufle and Organ Design
212
The Church in Transition
219

Durufles Performing Career
55
The Orchestral Musician
65
1o The Poulenc Organ Concerto
69
Professor of Harmony at the Paris Conservatoire
76
MarieMadeleine Chevalier
81
Overview of Durufles Compositions
97
Their Genesis and First Performances
114
Durufles Role in the Plainsong Revival
143
The North American Tours
228
The Man Durufle
238
Complete CEnvre
245
Notes
279
Bibliography
337
Index
355
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