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Composer: Papaioannou, Helen

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Period20th century
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Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Sage Gateshead

Northern Sinfonia  ©  Mark Savage
Olivier Messiaen’s extraordinary Quatuor pour la fin du temps was written in a German prisoner of war camp, and first performed in the camp by Messiaen and his fellow prisoners on broken instruments.
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