Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
Marie-Madeleine and Maurice Duruflé
It was a meticulous craftsmanship and a perfectionist’s attitude that limited his lifetime compositional output to a mere dozen scores. On our next Pipedreams, we’ll show that while they are few in number, the compositions of Maurice Duruflé are like so many perfectly-polished jewels, core items in the organ repertoire. Along with his own works are interpretations of Bach, Handel, and Schumann in performances recorded at Soissons Cathedral, the National Shrine in Washington, DC, and Saint Thomas Church, New York, NY.
Inspired by an abiding faith, a reference for Gregorian chant, and a love for the organ, he created a handful of masterpieces beloved equally by singers, players and listeners. Explore the exquisite art of Frenchman Maurice Duruflé, in A Centenary Tribute, this week on Pipedreams.
MAURICE DURUFLÉ: Kyrie & Gloria, from Messe Cum Jubilo, Opus 11 –Los Angeles Master Chorale, Paul Salamunovich, conductor; Frederick Swann (1932 Skinner; 1969 Schlicker/First Congregational, Los Angeles, CA) RCM12002
[Comments by Maurice Duruflé were taken from an interview which appears on a reissued CD, Titanic CD-200, of the first integral recording of his organ works. Comments by Madame Marie-Madeleine Duruflé and translations by Dennis Keene were recorded in New York City in 1989.]