Classical Music Sundays- Quartet For the End of Time V. “Praise to the Eternity of Jesus” – Olivier Messiaen


For today I would like to share my favorite movement from Olivier Messiaen’s strange, and ethereal “Quartet For The End Of Time.” Messiaen’s own words for this fifth movement describe it perfectly.

Jesus is considered here as the Word. A broad phrase, “infinitely slow”, on the cello, magnifies with love and reverence the eternity of the Word, powerful and gentle, “whose time never runs out”. The melody stretches majestically into a kind of gentle, regal distance. “In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God.”


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