Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time
HK performance: 25/5 8 pm
Drake Gallery, 1/F Fung Ping Shan Building,University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam
薄扶林般咸道90號 香港大學美術博物館 馮平山樓一樓 林仰山展覽廳
Shantou performance: 29/6 8 pm
155 Waima Rd, Jinping Qu, Shantou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 515100
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was one of the most important musical figures of the 20th century, and also one of its most fascinating. He had a particular fondness for bird songs, which he documented meticulously. Another key aspect of his life was his Catholic faith. Both of these elements were integral to his composition Quartet for the End of Time, which was written and first performed during the Second World War, at a time when the composer and many other musicians were prisoners of war.
‘End of Time’ is a biblical reference from the Book of Revelations, which offers visions of a new world revealed after the apocalypse. Rather than being concerned with the end of the world, Messiaen’s quartet is about evocations of heaven and timelessness. The intimate setting of the Drake Gallery in the Fung Ping Shan Building at HKU provides the perfect setting for the contemplation of such ideas. The events will include an introductory talk by Dr Martin Lee in the afternoon followed by a performance from the TimeCrafters at 15:00-16:30, and then a second evening concert at 20:00-21:00.
This is a free event jointly organised by TimeCrafters and the University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU. For tickets, please register at
https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=62012 (3:00pm pre-concert talk and 3:30pm performance)
https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=62010 (8:00pm performance)
3:00pm 的講座及 3:30pm 的演出 https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=62012