Maurice Duruflé is not a name one hears in regular conversation, even among regular classical music concertgoers. The French organist (1902 -1986) published only eleven works in his lifetime and it is said that he didn’t really care for some of those.
However, his Requiem Op. 9, written in 1947 for a publisher’s commission, is quite another story. This gorgeous nine movement work was written for mezzo-soprano and baritone soloists, chorus, organ, and orchestra. However, as per the composer’s own suggestion, the solo parts are often taken by the respective choral sections.
The Duruflé Requiem will be performed this week–Thursday, April 8 at 8:00 pm–by the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers and Concert Choir with the UT Chamber Orchestra in the James R. Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building on the UT Campus. Angela Batey, Director of Choral Activities for the UT School of Music, will be conducting the chorus and orchestra. Tami Newsom will be the organist.
The concert is free.