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Durufle, Maurice (1902–1986)

  1. George Thomas Kurian

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0458

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Kurian, G. T. 2011. Durufle, Maurice (1902–1986). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


French organist and composer. After serving as an organist at Ste Clotilde and Notre Dame he was appointed organist at St. Etienne-du-Mont in 1930. His output was relatively small, and most of his works were for the church. In these he used chant and chant-like melodies in harmonic and contrapuntal settings. His first major work for organ was Prelude, Adagio, and Chorale variations on the chant, Veni, Creator (1930). A second composition in three movements entitled Suite followed in 1934. Among his vocal works is the composition Requiem for Soloists, Choruses. Orchestra and Organ in 1948 which contains “Domine Jesu.” There are also four Latin motets for Gregorian melodies and a Mass entitled Messe “Cum Jubilo” which was designed for liturgical use.


  • Durufle, Maurice (1902–1986);
  • French organist and composer;
  • organist, at Ste Clotilde and notre dame;
  • organist at St. Etienne-du-Mont;
  • chant and chant-like melodies;
  • requiem for soloists, choruse;
  • “domine Jesu”;
  • mass entitled messe “cum jubilo”