In August, Tennessee Tech University clarinetist Wonkak Kim traveled to Seoul, South Korea to perform Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time with the Mirus Trio. Now, the chamber group is returning the favor, playing the piece with Kim here in Middle Tennessee. They'll perform it Wednesday evening at Tech, then at Nashville's Cathedral of the Incarnation on Thursday night.
The Quartet for the End of Time was written and premiered by Messiaen during World War II while he was an inmate in a German Prisoner of War Camp. It is a massive piece of music, full of apocalyptic symbolism rooted in the composer's Catholic faith. In many of the eight movements, only a subset of the instruments are used. For their performance in Studio C, Kim and the Mirus Trio chose three movements that utilize the entire quartet.
Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
- mvt. 1 Crystal Liturgy
- mvt. 2 Dane of Fury for the Seven Trumpets
- mvt. 3 Tangle of Rainbows for the Angel Who Announces the End of Time
This week's Live in Studio C was a rare double-bill with pianist Agnes Wan. You can find her performance here.