The Washington Post

Duruflé’s musical work is beloved

- Donald R. Juran, Rockville

Regarding the Feb. 14 Metro obituary “Organist at ‘Church of the Presidents’ in D.C.”:

The content on renowned organist, choirmaste­r and music director Albert Russell noted that Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem” is the only work by Duruflé to take its place within the standard choral repertory.

That might be true for full-size choruses, but just as beloved by chamber choruses are Duruflé’s “Four Motets on Gregorian Themes,” especially the opening “Ubi caritas.”

As a singer in choruses, large and small, for nearly half a century, I have loved performing these compositio­ns and everything else Duruflé wrote.

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