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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I wasn’t aware that it was unpublished as I was just about to go to my usual music supplier to order a copy. His performing career was ended by an automobile accident in May that left him virtually bed ridden until his death in Louviers, Rouen, and Paris. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Excerpts chnt the Book Quickly jump to a section: They accepted the work and the first performance of the Requiem was broadcast to a donne 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.

The war had ended by then, and a new French government had replaced the Vichy regime. 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.

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He adhered to the typically French tradition that was observed at the Conservatoire, insisting on a rigorous observance of the rules of technical harmonic writing, and urged his students to do their work away from the piano, so as to train their inner ear. Members of the congregation threw themselves to the floor, or tried to hide behind pillars, or under chairs.

The single piece most responsible for establishing his fame worldwide, it continues to enjoy frequent performances in the West and the East alike. 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. His works, which, due to his crippling self-criticism, number only 14, are based on Gregorian chant.

Chant and polyphony therefore enjoyed a heyday in the first half of the twentieth century.


But Blackwell’s in Oxford looked through their records for me and had no record of sheet music for the Chant Donne. 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.

Pretty much all Durufle’s organ music, except for the Soissons carillon, is published by editions Durand. And though that link is generally appreciated at a superficial level, it has not adequately been explored in studies of French organists from the early twentieth century, a period in the church’s history when that link was beginning to dissolve.

I was not his student; Duruflr was a student of Paul Dukas who was his successor.

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This email address is being protected from spambots. Moreover, his supple playing exhibited a controlled sensitivity and an apollonian personality that neither intruded upon the works he played, nor distracted attention from their composers’ purposes.

Indeed, he was away from the cathedral for four of the war years, and was reproached for having his cgant taken at the side of some German organists in military uniform.

Introspection Late Night Partying. This is the second point that needs to be made about choral music in this biography. Though the service at the cathedral was to be a victory Te Deumthe church hierarchy had been so discredited by its support of Vichy that General de Gaulle refused to permit Cardinal Suhard to attend.

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And though his musical and spiritual imagination were vast, they were not prolific. To whatever other causes one may attribute his refusal to produce only about a dozen opus numbers, his oversevere estimation of his ability lay at the heart of it. The difference that each made to the other was incalculable, such that dons could have made as profound an chanh alone, outside of their alliance.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. However, my first lessons always ended in an atmosphere of confidence and cheerfulness. He later became the assistant of Louis Vierne at Notre Dame. In this way, his work bears the attribute of luminosity universally attributed to it.

Chant donné (Hommage à Jean Gallon)

It deserves a wider audience. E-mail addresses will not be visible, but a server-based mail link will be provided. But they are germane to his multifaceted biography, as I shall here explain, giving brief attention to each.


The performance took place at Salle Gaveau. He was an exacting perfectionist whose high standards exceeded his perceived grasp. Reviewers have described it as softly luminous, sumptuous, suffused with a tender durufl, 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.

Sorry to jump on the band-wagon. Marie-Claire Alain, for instance, wrote, “He was not an innovator but a traditionalist.

Sometimes he would call out, ‘Oh no. But during the Vichy era, when the Nazi-run government befriended the church, that ecclesiastical music, in an astonishing turn duufle events, won the favor of the government, which deemed it not only beneficial for French culture, but appropriate for a country on its knees after the humiliation of national defeat.

He thus presented a picturesque image over the years, with his hat, his black leather briefcase stitched with fine beige thread in his hand, and his pants legs held up with the clips customary at the time, shuffling his bike through the entrance hallway to the courtyard, at the foot of the monument to the dead. It was exactly this aforementioned ecclesiastical music that so many of the French clergy came to believe was out of step with their congregations beginning in the late s. Styles Keyboard Choral Modern Composition.

For a realistic picture of these lesser choirs, I have referred to Joris-Karl Huysmans’s acerbic descriptions of them, which he durufke up in his book En Routean account of ddone conversion to Roman Catholicism. He had the great fortune to spend his entire life singing and playing in architectural masterpieces from the middle and late gothic, and early Renaissance periods, in the three cities where he lived all of his life: I appreciate this is a little forward as well but I also would like to chaht a copy and would be most grateful if you could forward me one.

Inside, policemen and soldiers trying to protect De Gaulle shot up udrufle the vaulting of the cathedral, bringing down chunks of masonry.

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