Stephen Tharp plays Durufle's Prelude & Fugue on the name ALAIN by Pipe Organ published on 2013/12/29 19:50:13 +0000 Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) was one of the highest regarded French composers for the organ in the 20th-century. His Prélude et fugue sur le nom d'Alain op. 7 was composed in 1942 and dedicated to his friend Jehan Alain. Durufle first played the work at the Palias de Chaillot on December 26, 1942, despite the shortage of paper during World War II the piece was published in October 1943. Stephen Tharp recorded this work into the midi at Our Lady of Refuge Church, live and unedited at the request of Joe Vitacco. (It is one of Joe's desert island pieces) It was then recorded out of the organ with the church empty of people. This recording's dazzling conclusion matches the heroic conclusion of the restoration of the pipe organ at Our Lady of Refuge Church. This organ was restored by A.R. Schopp's Sons and Quimby Pipe Organs. Their work is extraordinary! Thank you to them and the 1500 people who helped pay for this organ's restoration. Stephen Tharp's Website http://www.stephentharp.com/live/ Our Lady of Refuge: www.olrbrooklyn.org Thank you Stephen for recording this!