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Duruflé's Chant Donné

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According to the third edition of John Henderson's A Directory of Composers for the Organ, Duruflé's


Chant Donné: Hommage à Jean Gallon
was No.27 in
64 Leçons d'Harmonie, offertes en hommage à Jean Gallon
1953 ... Though often played on the organ, and well suited to it, this was a four part open score "exercise"."

This notwithstanding, the piece was evidently published in short score at some point because Richard Fairhurst once showed us a copy of it. Can anyone shed any further light on the different forms of this piece please?

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I can't contribute anything very constructive on this subject, but the piece does appear on a Calliope CD (CAL9939) Hommage a Durufle by Thierry Escaich and the Cambridge Voices. It lasts only 1'55" and is sung wordless by the choir. The booklet states"....he composed (it) for the harmony classes at the Paris Conservatiore. Far from being a pastiche, this piece shows Duruflé's taste for simple and expressive modal harmony, the almost "Gregorian" sweetness of which apparently arises from the linear displacement of the vocal parts." Listening to it just now it is in my view a very beautiful piece.

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