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On April 27th, 1992 was died the french composer Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles Messiaen, widely regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century.

During his life he travelled widely and wrote works inspired by different influences such as Japanese music, the landscape of Bryce Canyon in Utah and the life of St. Francis of Assisi. He said he perceived colours when he heard certain musical chords, particularly those built from his modes (a phenomenon known as synaesthesia); combinations of these colours, he said, were important in his compositional process.
Messiaen entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 11 and was taught by Paul Dukas, Maurice Emmanuel, Charles-Marie Widor and Marcel Dupré, among others.
His music is rhythmically complex; harmonically and melodically it is based on modes of limited transposition, which he abstracted from his early compositions and improvisations. Many of his compositions depict what he termed “the marvellous aspects of the faith”, and drew on his deeply held Roman Catholicism.
In 1940, Messiaen was made a prisoner of war, during which time he composed his Quatuor pour la fin du temps (“Quartet for the end of time”) for the four available instruments—piano, violin, cello and clarinet. The piece was first performed by Messiaen and fellow prisoners for an audience of inmates and prison guards.
You can appreciate this wonderful pieces performed by Trio Magritte and Paolo Beltramini, Principal Clarinet of the RSI “Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana” on Limenmusic Web Tv.
Trio Magritte is made up by:
Emanuela Piemonti, pianist.
Francesco Senese, violinist.
Luca Franzetti, cellist.

For the concert, please click here.


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