Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time - SIMFestival 2023

Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time - SIMFestival 2023

In 1940, Messiaen was taken prisoner by the invading Germans and sent to a camp in Silesia, Stalag VIIIA, where he was held for two years. There he composed the Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) and it was performed in the camp on 15 January 1941 in front of 5,000 of his fellow prisoners. Messiaen was constrained in the scoring of this piece by what was available to him in terms of instruments and players. Quatuor pour la fin du temps represents the culmination of Messiaen's first stylistic period. In this first phase of his creativity, Messiaen evolved a rich, integrated style that sought to paint a picture as well as to express a feeling. Most of his compositions, including this one, drew their inspiration from religion and bird song.


● Messiaen - Quatuor pour la fin du temps


● Freya Goldmark, violin

● Peteris Sokolovskis, cello

● Joseph Havlat, piano

● Anna Webster, clarinet

Friends of the festival will have reserved front row seating.

To join the Friends SIMFestival visit Ticket Price £16, Free for 16 and Under

Stamford International Music Festival runs 18th - 20th May 2023 presenting seven concerts of great chamber music programmed by festival director, Freya Goldmark.

Important Information

Venue: Stamford Arts Centre, Ballroom

Price: £16 (Under 16s free when accompanied by a paying adult)

Running time: 45 Minutes

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