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Quartet for the end of times

Friday 25 February 2022
at Longyearbyen Kulturhus

This afternoon, before the evening and darkness approaches, we welcome you to a very special and unique concert at Kulturhuset. The composition was originally performed in very particular circumstances. Near the beginning of World War II, the composer Olivier Messiaen was summoned for military service. He was captured in May 1940 and taken to a prisoner-of-war camp at Görlitz in Silesia (now mostly within the borders of Poland). In the dead of winter of 1940-41, he wrote the quartet for the instruments on hand among the camp’s inmates: violin, cello, clarinet, and (himself playing) piano. The first performance took place before a large audience of prisoners.

Opening concert at Kulturhuset
Music and tastes of the North