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September 2017
5:00 PM
National Forum of Music, Red Hall
Plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław
The End of Time

Soyoung Yoon – violin
Tomasz Daroch – cello
Maciej Dobosz – clarinet
So Young Sim – piano


Claude Debussy La plus que lente (arranged for piano and cello by Z. Kocsis), La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune from the 2nd book of Preludes
Olivier Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Tomasz Daroch, fot. Andrzej Heldwein

Olivier Messiaen is an icon of 20th-century music and a model for later generations of world-famous composers. 52nd International Festival Wratislavia Cantans invites you to an excellent performance of one of the most poignant works of the artist, Quatuor pour la fin du temps.

The French composer was famous for his extraordinary gift of synesthesia, which became the basis for many of his works. Messiaen did not only heard sounds – he also saw them as colors. He discovered this ability as a teenager, watching the stained glass in one of the Parisian churches. The famous Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) was apparently inspired by  the changing colors of the sunset Messiaen was watching. It was in the autumn of 1940, at the time the composer was confined in the POW camp Stalag VIII A in Görlitz. This is where he wrote the composition which premiered a year later. On the score, Messiaen wrote a sentence twice: “All of this is going to remain an attempt, a mere strive to find words, if only we realize the vastness of the subject”. He was, however, far from over-imposing the tragedy of the ongoing war on the piece and continuously argued with the first performers that the title of his work was in no way related to their stay in captivity. As he recalled, the work was written “for the end of the world, that is, for the end of the notions of past and future, and for the beginning of eternity”.

Moving, touching – because of the circumstances of its creation, but also thanks to music richness – Quatuor pour la fin du temps is overflowing with Messiaen-esque innovation. It features references to the composer's religious creations, as well as the songbirds that have inspired him over the years. Filled with various sounds, the expressive work consists of eight parts, some with biblical inspirations, mainly referring to the Apocalypse of St. John.

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90 PLN
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70 PLN
50 PLN
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The 52nd International Festival Wratislavia Cantans 2017

The National Forum of Music, plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław, co-managed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, City of Wrocław and Lower Silesian Province, registered in Rejestr Instytucji Kultury run by the City of Wrocław as RIK 38/2014.


Wdrożenie e-usług w Filharmonii im. Witolda Lutosławskiego we Wrocławiu - etap 2 współfinansowany jest przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego dla województwa dolnośląskiego na lata 2007 - 2013 oś priorytetowa 6. Wykorzystanie i promocja potencjału turystycznego o kulturalnego Dolnego Śląska (Turystyka i Kultura), działanie 6.5. Działania wspierające infrastrukturę turystyczną i kulturową.