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For the End of Time: 80 Years of the Messiaen Quartet

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For the End of Time80 Years of the Messiaen Quartet

A Milestone Celebration for
80th Anniversary of the Quartet’s Premiere & 40th Anniversary of HKU Department of Music


Created in a tumultuous time, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for The End of Time is a testimonial of humanity’s standing perseverance in the face of adversity. Composed and premiered in a World War II German prisoner-of-war camp, the music embodies Messiaen’s unshakable belief, love of nature, and stoic resilience that liberated his creativity beyond personal suffering.

At the 80th anniversary of the work’s premiere, HKU MUSE presents a specially curated series, including virtual lectures, a ‘Music in Words’ talk, an evening performance, a world premiere, and community outreach plans. Spearheaded by leading scholars and musicians, this series aims to introduce and bring to light the work’s theological, historical, and musical significance, with relevance to our lives today.

2021 also marks the 40th anniversary of the HKU Department of Music. To celebrate these milestones, Dr. Joshua Chan of the Music Department will compose a new work with the same instrumentation. The audience will hear this new quartet commemorating Messiaen’s masterpiece and take part in a world premiere, witnessing history in the making.



30 SEP | THU | 8PM
A Conversation on Time and Eternity: Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

6 OCT | WED | 8PM
【2021/22 Rayson Huang Lecture 黃麗松講座】
Doing Time: Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

8 OCT | FRI | 6:30PM
Music in Words: Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time

8 OCT | FRI | 8PM
For the End of Time – 80 Years of the Messiaen Quartet

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