French composer Olivier Messiaen in the early 1950s. His influential Quartet for the End of Time, written and first performed in a German prisoner-of-war camp in 1941, will be heard in a rare live performance in Hong Kong to mark its 80th anniversary. Photo: Roger Viollet via Getty Images
French composer Olivier Messiaen in the early 1950s. His influential Quartet for the End of Time, written and first performed in a German prisoner-of-war camp in 1941, will be heard in a rare live performance in Hong Kong to mark its 80th anniversary. Photo: Roger Viollet via Getty Images

Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time to be played in Hong Kong with new composition partly inspired by the seminal 1941 work, bringing solace in an unsettling time

  • Olivier Messiaen wrote his Quartet for the End of Time in 1941. A new work by Joshua Chan partly inspired by it will accompany it at a concert in Hong Kong
  • The concert marks the Messiaen work’s 80th anniversary and 40 years since the founding by Rayson Huang of the University of Hong Kong’s department of music

Topic |   Classical music
French composer Olivier Messiaen in the early 1950s. His influential Quartet for the End of Time, written and first performed in a German prisoner-of-war camp in 1941, will be heard in a rare live performance in Hong Kong to mark its 80th anniversary. Photo: Roger Viollet via Getty Images
French composer Olivier Messiaen in the early 1950s. His influential Quartet for the End of Time, written and first performed in a German prisoner-of-war camp in 1941, will be heard in a rare live performance in Hong Kong to mark its 80th anniversary. Photo: Roger Viollet via Getty Images
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