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Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time (Fifth Movement)

performed by Eline Duerinck on cello and Lukas Huisman on piano

this is legitimately one of the saddest and most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard. totally original and endlessly inspiring. 2:54 kills me every time.

oh and this, from its wikipedia entry

Composition and first performance

Messiaen was 31 years old when France entered World War II. He was captured by the German army in June 1940 and imprisoned in Stalag VIII-A, a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, Germany (now ZgorzelecPoland). While in transit to the camp, Messiaen showed the clarinetist Henri Akoka, also a prisoner, the sketches for what would become Abîme des oiseaux. Two other professional musicians, violinist Jean le Boulaire and cellist Étienne Pasquier, were among his fellow prisoners, and after he managed to obtain some paper and a small pencil from a sympathetic guard, Messiaen wrote a short trio for them; this piece developed into the Quatuor for the same trio with himself at the piano. The combination of instruments is unusual, but not without precedent:Walter Rabl had composed for it in 1896, as had Paul Hindemith in 1938.

The quartet was premiered at the camp, outdoors and in the rain, on January 15, 1941. The musicians had decrepit instruments and an audience of about 400 fellow prisoners and guards.[1] Messiaen later recalled: “Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension.”[2]

— 1 year ago with 22 notes
#music  #olivier messiaen  #cello  #piano  #beautiful  #melancholy  #classical music  #PoW 
you-are-another-me:

For the first time in history individual piano notes have been made visible using the ‘CymaScope’ instrument. 12 Piano notes look like crop circle mandalas! 
“Makes you wonder if all those ancient mandala’s in temples, churches etc. can create a symphony when viewed with this new visual scale.” ~ Deanne Sihr-Fry
http://www.cymascope.com/cyma_research/musicology.html

yessssss nicccceeeee

you-are-another-me:

For the first time in history individual piano notes have been made visible using the ‘CymaScope’ instrument. 

12 Piano notes look like crop circle mandalas! 

“Makes you wonder if all those ancient mandala’s in temples, churches etc. can create a symphony when viewed with this new visual scale.” 
~ Deanne Sihr-Fry

http://www.cymascope.com/cyma_research/musicology.html

yessssss nicccceeeee

(via namelesstower)

— 1 year ago with 614 notes
#two things I love  #piano  #cymatics  #together at last 
triplecanopy:

William Gaddis. More on player pianos and “the cinders of necessity,” see “The Melody Indicator,” in Triple Canopy issue 16.

triplecanopy:

William Gaddis. More on player pianos and “the cinders of necessity,” see “The Melody Indicator,” in Triple Canopy issue 16.

— 1 year ago with 16 notes
#triple canopy  #William Gaddis  #Erica Baum  #piano  #poetry  #lit 

Frédéric Chopin - Étude Op 10 No 9 (performed by Valentina Lisitsa)

So moody and lyrical, love it.

— 1 year ago with 4 notes
#music  #chopin  #piano 

This Valentina Lisitsa definitely plays like she means it. Here she is with the epic third movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

Who btw was black… his mother was Moorish (North African). Below is the portrait that Beethoven himself considered most accurate and shared with his friends.

Beethoven, 1814 engraving

Compare with his death mask below. 

Beethoven Death Mask

Not to mention he was known as the ‘Black Spaniard’ and described as having ‘dark brown skin’, a ‘flat, broad nose’, and ‘thick, bristly coal-black hair’ that ‘stood up around his head’.

But of course he looked exactly like this:

LOL

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#beethoven  #valentina lisitsa  #piano  #music  #history  #racism  #whitewash  #africa 

Chopin - Nocturne 19 in E minor, op. 72, no. 1.

Great performance by Vladimir Ashkenazy. Freddy’s use of rubato is part of why I love him so much, but it does result in a lot of awkward performances by musicians who apparently can’t be trusted with that sort of freedom. Took me a while sifting through those to find this one.

Why y’all gotta be speeding up so much guys? And always in the most inappropriate places too.

— 2 years ago
#music  #classical  #chopin  #romantic  #nocturne  #piano