June 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Westminster School Chapel, 995 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070 United States
The Requiemof Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) captures much of the story behind Duruflé’s life in music – most notably, his foundation in Gregorian chant while studying as a boy at the cathedral choir school in Rouen, and his fascination with all aspects of Catholic religious ceremony and aesthetic experience. Duruflé served as organist at St. Etienne-du-Mont for over fifty years, and was a long-standing professor at the Paris Conservatoire. His compositional output is remarkable not only for its small size compared to his colleagues, but also for his inexhaustible attention to detail. The publisher Durand and Company commissioned Duruflé in 1947, at a time when he had already begun writing an organ suite based on Gregorian chant. The suite was transformed into a nine-movement work, dedicated to the memory of Duruflé’s father, scored for mixed chorus, mezzo soprano and baritone solos, orchestra, and organ (with a subsequent version for solo organ accompaniment, which you will hear in our performance).