Music Monday: Faculty Organ Recital and Maurice Duruflé

Welcome to Music Monday. This semester I want to highlight some of the musical events on campus, and some of the music resources available in the Macdonald Kelce Library. This Friday there will be a free faculty organ recital from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

Faculty Organ Recital Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values

This event is open to public and free.
Find out more information here: http://www.ut.edu/campuseventcalendar/#/?i=1

Ryan Hebert, University Organist, will present an organ recital featuring works by Bach, Mendlessohn, Langlais and Maurice Duruflé. The concert is free and open to the public.

I admit I am not familiar with the works of Maurice Duruflé. However, by searching some of the databases in our collection I can find out more about the composer and listen to his works. (Remember to log in to Esearch before using the library’s databases.)

At Alexander Street I can listen to the works composed by Duruflé recorded by different performers. Here’s a link to Duruflé’s Requiem: http://muco.alexanderstreet.com.esearch.ut.edu/view/137031

At Grove Music Online (aka Oxford Music Online) I can read a brief biography.

“Introspective and enormously self-critical, Duruflé was not a prolific composer. His output nonetheless manifests an evenness of quality and a distinctive voice in the 20th-century French repertory. Plainsong is the life-blood of most of his works but its use proves liberating rather than restrictive, inspiring modal harmonies, polyphonic structures and, often, changes of mood ranging from the ethereal to the powerfully foreboding.”

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