The Charm Of Impossibilities

The genesis of the Quartet for the End of Time, by Olivier Messiaen

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This is the story of the genesis of a musical piece by Olivier Messiaen, the Quartet for the end of Time, that has been composed and interpreted during the Second World War in a prisoner camp.

This is the story of a creation: one composer, three interpreters, instruments in a very bad shape, will challenge the imprisonment, the war, the cold, the starvation, the Time and chance the impossible.

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