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This beautiful work is one of Dupré's most popular. The Cortège appears at the start, stated as a chorale of glowing beauty. Its steady reliance on the second degree of the scale gives it a gently propulsive character, and the harmonization is exquisite. At 1:35 the Litanie enters in a quiet single voice, and it sings its chant relentlessly for the remainder of the work, prompting Dupré scholar Graham Steed to describe it as "the ecclesiastical equivalent of Bolero."
The development of the Litanie from its initial entrance to the spectacular conclusion is a joy to hear. As the texture gradually thickens, the Litanie appears in canon, and finally, at 4:17, it is combined with the Cortège. This glorious final statement employs a sonorous double pedal line and dissolves at the end into tumbling chords in the manuals that suggest a joyful pealing of bells.
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