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                                  Church Music Composers
DURUFLÉ, Maurice (1902–1986). Parisian organist of Saint-Etienne-du-Mont, he was badly injured in a car crash and had to give up playing in . A notable teacher, he was a perfectionist who published very few pieces. These were mostly for organ, but his Requiem and Ubi caritas et amor from Quatre Motets sur des Thèmes Grégoriens are very well known.
DYSON, George (1883–1964). A pupil of Stanford, he served in the First World War and was musical director of the RAF. He taught in public schools (Marlborough, Rugby, Wellington, Winchester) and became Principal of the Royal Academy of Music in . Knighted in , his Evening Services in D, F and C minor are widely used.
ELGAR, Edward (1857–1934). One of England’s greatest th Century composers, Elgar began his musical career as organist of St George’s Roman Catholic Church in Worcester, though he was himself a violinist. After his symphonies, concertos, chamber music, oratorios such as The Dream of Gerontius and the orchestral Enigma Variations, church music forms only a small proportion of his output; but his simple early motets, especially Ave verum, are much loved by parish choirs and the large scale anthems Give unto the Lord and Great is the Lord by larger choirs. His anthem The Spirit of the Lord, an extract from the oratorio The Apostles, is also widely sung and his organ Sonata is one of the finest of its time.
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