Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens

Quatre Motets
sur des thèmes grégoriens
Motets by Maurice Duruflé
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The composer c. 1962
EnglishFour motets on Gregorian themes
CatalogueOp. 10
Textliturgical and biblical texts
LanguageLatin
Composed1960 (1960)
DedicationAuguste Le Guennant
Performed4 May 1961 (1961-05-04): Paris
Published1960 (1960)
ScoringSATB a cappella

Quatre Motets sur des thèmes grégoriens (Four motets on Gregorian themes), Op. 10, are four sacred motets composed by Maurice Duruflé in 1960, based on Gregorian themes. He set Latin liturgical texts, scored for unaccompanied voices, and dedicated the work to organist Auguste Le Guennant. The motets were published the same years by Éditions Durand. The first performance was on 4 May 1961 at Saint-Merri in Paris by the Chorale Stéphane Caillat.[1]

History

Maurice Duruflé composed the four motets in 1960, based on Gregorian themes, as he had done before in his Requiem of 1948. He set Latin texts, scored for unaccompanied voices, a mixed choir in Nos. 1, 3 and 4, and a women's choir in No. 2.[1] Duruflé dedicated the work to Auguste Le Guennant, the director of the Gregorian Institute of Paris.[2] The motets were published the same years by Éditions Durand. The motets were first performed on 4 May 1961 at the church Saint-Merri in Paris by the Chorale Stéphane Caillat.[1]

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