Hommage à Jean Gallon – Maurice Duruflé (arr. Fraser Gartshore)

At @Fraser Gartshore’s last livestream, he played this beautiful piece by Maurice Duruflé that was originally composed as an exercise in harmony for his teacher, Jean Gallon. I do have a copy of this music titled “Chant Donne” but this copy is perhaps the most definitive!

As Fraser states in his rendition:

Many years ago, on a trip to Paris, I got my hands on this piece (I won’t tell you how!) and made a copy for myself – the version I used for this recording. After researching the composer’s intentions (talking to friends, family and pupils of the great Duruflé, including the late, great Pierre Pincemaille, organist of St Denis in Paris), I believe this is still how he intended this piece to be played. Other editions and arrangements of this piece do exist, but they are based on later, amended versions of the composition.

This morning I played it live during the offertory at Mass. Here’s the specification of the organ in case you are interested: https://www.ohta.org.au/confs/Albury/AlburyRC.html

Video shot on an iPhone 12 with external audio recorder.

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