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