Home » Uncategorized » Today in Weird Music History, 1/15. End of Time

Today in Weird Music History, 1/15. End of Time

Image

1/15 Today in Weird Music History: 1941: Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) is premiered at Stalag VIIIA in Görlitz, Germany by Olivier Messiaen and 3 other prisoners of war, performed for other prisoners and guards on broken down instruments.  Considered by many to by one of the most important compositions of the mid-20th century, the piece may not have been written if not for a sympathetic guard who recognized the famous composer and provided him with manuscript paper and a pencil.

Advertisements

3 Comments

  1. shoreacres says:

    If you’ve not come across the novel “The Savior”, you can read a brief synopsis here . It’s written by Eugene Drucker, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, and deals with the Holocaust, the power of music and other matters related to your post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: