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1.30pm: "Time no longer" with Stephen Johnson

  • The Church of St John the Evangelist 109 Iffley Rd Oxford, England, OX4 United Kingdom (map)

Renowned writer and musicologist Stephen Johnson is joined by Trio Dali and clarinettist Paul Dean for a detailed exploration of Messiaen's wartime piece, Quartet for the End of Time.

"Time no longer” - words from the Biblical Book of Revelation - were the starting point for Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, composed while Messiaen was a prisoner in a German POW camp. The premiere, before an audience of guards, officers, and fellow-prisoners was one of the great events of Messiaen's life: 'Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension'. In a talk with illustrations by the performers, Stephen Johnson explores how Messiaen plays with time in the Quartet: the rhythmic innovations, and the ways the passage of time itself can seem to be speeded up, slowed down, or even suspended altogether.

PLEASE NOTE: The venue for this event is The Church of St John the Evangelist, 109 Iffley Road, Oxford