Quartet at the End of Time

Quatuor pour la fin du temps by Olivier Messiaen part 1 titled – Liturgie de Cristal

This part is 3mins 10 secs the whole piece is 48 minute or so… I love the whole piece because of it emotional range and it’s story. The piece was writen in a concentration camp for POWs in France during WWII. for the only 4 instruments available – piano, violin, cello and clarinet. It was first played to prisoner in January 1942 on a very cold day. To me it’s classical punk because of it’s use of rhythm, chord and dischords and melody to represent the emotions of the prisoners and the spirit needed to survive the horror of the place it was written. This first part is just beautiful birds singing and yet has a lot of tension in it. I will come back to this piece again and again. I learn so much from this and there is more to learn.

For this I was inspired by Messiaen’s own writing about this movement – “Between three and four in the morning, the awakening of birds: a solo blackbird or nightingale improvises, surrounded by a shimmer of sound, by a halo of trills lost very high in the trees. Transpose this onto a religious plane and you have the harmonious silence of Heaven”

Music by – Franklin Cohen, clarinet Yura Lee, violin Gabriel Cabezas, cello Orion Weiss, piano ChamberFest Cleveland June 20, 2013 Mixon Hall at Cleveland Institute of Music http://www.chamberfestcleveland.com

Original music here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bUzI…

 

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