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Fauré and Duruflé at the LA Phil

Bernard Labadie, conductor

The LA Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing pieces by French composers Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé March 27-29. Renowned Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie melds the LA Phil's symphony with La Chapelle du Quebec, a choir he founded in 1985. Several singers will join them, including Lydia Teuscher, Julie Boulianne, and Jean-François Lapointe. Thomas Annand will play the organ. The Friday and Saturday performances are both at 8pm, and the Sunday performance is at 2pm.

Fauré is a renowned composer of his generation, which spanned from the late 19th century to the early 20th. He only wrote music during his summer vacations, in between his posts as a choirmaster and teacher. Fauré remained a small name in music until later in life; he sold his early songs to his publisher for only 50 francs each. At age 60, he became the director of the Paris Conservatory, skyrocketing him to fame. His piece Requiem, Op. 48, is a funeral composition.

In 1912, at the age of 10, Duruflé heard a plainsong, a Gregorian chant, in a gothic cathedral in Rouen, France. During his time in choir school in Rouen, he learned the songs of composers such as Fauré himself. He enrolled in the Paris Conservatory as an organist, and later became a professor there. His requiem, Op. 9, is heavily inspired by the Mass for the Dead in Gregorian chant.