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Quartet for the End of Time: The Crystal Liturgy by Olivier Messiaen

livier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time premiered on 15 January 1941 in the prisoner-of-war camp where the composer was interned during World War Two. To celebrate the 75th anniversary Sinfini Music commissioned me to create an animation around it. I choose the first movement of the work, the Crystal Liturgy. Working with Prof. Marcus du Sautoy I used the piece to explore Messiaen’s complex relationship to mathematics, music and religion. Below you can read Marcus’ article concerning the mathematics within the piece.

Commission: Emma Bharj of Sinifini Music
Animation/Direction: Simon Russell/Vicarage Studio
Sound Design: Red Horse Studio
With special thanks to Marcus du Sautoy
Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen
Performed by Claude Desurmont (Clarinet)
Luben Yordanoff (Violin)
Albert Tétard (Cello)
Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
©2015 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

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