This week's program of Pipedreams points us to a Fugue written by a 26-year-old student at the Paris Conservatoire, Maurice Duruflé.
Like the other students competing, Duruflé was locked in a room from 6 am until 11:30 pm, provided with only pencil and music paper. No piano, no reference books. Under such circumstances, a real piece of music is about the last thing one would expect as a result. And yet, that is what Duruflé created, and it compels our attention.
Duruflé left us with 14 or so official opus numbers, so really anything else that we have of his compels our attention.
A score and mp3 recording are available here.
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