Ensemble Chamber Orchestra Presents Messiaen Composition

Saturday, March 3 rd , St. Philips Lutheran Church, Carmel Valley 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 4 th , Peace United Church Christ, Santa Cruz 7:00 PM

The Quartet for the End of Time was written by French composer Olivier
Messaien, while Messaien was a prisoner of war during the second world war,
held at Stalag VIII-A, in what is now Poland. The Quartet was premiered in the
prison camp, played by fellow prisoners for an audience of prisoners and prison
guards.

The premiere took place January 15, 1941, outdoors in the rain. The
instruments were purchased with money taken up by a special collection from
the prisoners, and with the help of a sympathetic guard, who also provided the
paper and pencils for Messiaen to compose the piece. Messiaen himself was at
the piano for the premiere. The work is scored for cello, clarinet, violin and
piano.

Messaien wrote in the score’s introduction that he took inspiration from the
Book of Revelation: “And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a
cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the
sun, and his feet as pillars of fire…and he set his right foot upon the sea,
and his left foot on the earth …and the angel which I saw stand upon the
sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and swore by him
that liveth for ever and ever…that there should be time no longer: But in
the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound,
the mystery of God should be finished.” (Rev 10:1–2, 5–7, King James
Version).

Ensemble Monterey’s performance of the Quartet will feature four local
musicians: Erica Horn on Clarinet, Dave Dally on Violin, Margie Dally on Cello
and Lucy Faridany on Piano.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ensemblemonterey.org or by
phone at 831 333 1283.

General Admission $40, Seniors $30, Students $10

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