19 Nov. 2011, 8pm

The Crystal Liturgy: A portrait of Olivier Messiaen

Dir: Olivier Mille, 52 minutes, France, 2009

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) is, along with Stravinsky, perhaps the most original phenomenon of 20th century music. He was the most performed composer of his lifetime, a musical genius and untiring innovator.
Captured at Nancy by the Germans in 1940 and imprisoned in Silesia, he occupied his time by composing the Quartet for the End of Time, from which The Crystal Liturgy comes.

Written for the pot-luck ensemble of instrumentalists (clarinet, violin, cello and piano) with whom he was incarcerated, it is one of the most haunting and evocative pieces of 20thcentury chamber music. This film recreates the universe in which Messiaen evolved. Numerous archival clips, filmed between 1964 and 1987 – predominantly of Messiaen, discussing his methods and creative processes, particularly the use of birdsong in his compositions – have been brought together to create a revealing self-portrait.

Film will be preceeded by a short introduction by Matthew Schellhorn and Nathalie Forget.

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