Quartet for the End of Time

the documentary about Olivier Messiaen's WWII masterpiece

Available in streaming, DVD and Blu-ray formats

The Complete Film
Stills from the Film
Production & Presentation History
Shooting the U.S. "President's Own" Marine Band at the Barracks Annex in Washington, D.C.
Görlitz, Germany
Meetingpoint Music Messiaen e.V.
Me and the Meetingpoint Team of Frank Seibel, Franz-Peter von Boxalaer, Katarzyna Giżecka and Anna-Maria Hantschke
From Görlitz, we cross the Polish border to the former World War II prisoner camp
A memorial plaque at Stalag VIII-A
The memorial campus
European Center of Education and Culture
Building by Christian Weise Architecture
Exhibit on Stalag VIII-A
A glimpse of musical life in the prisoner camp
Original program bulletin for the Quartet's premiere
Opposite side of the original program bulletin
Photo of the stage where the Quartet premiered
Every year on its anniversary, there is a performance of the Quartet here
Looking out into the forest of Stalag VIII-A
The distinctive design motif of vertical windows
Today's trail through the former prisoner camp
Original barbed wire fencing off Stalag VIII-A
Matthias Beier sculpture, meant to evince birdsong and soundwaves
A waste receptacle from the original camp
A trough from the original camp
Matthias Beier sculpture, depicting angelic trumps
Closer view of Matthias Beier's angelic sculpture
More ruins of the original camp
This Matthias Beier sculpture marks the precise location of the Quartet's premiere, shown with historian Natalia Kozik
At the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne, I am being shown original prints from Albrecht Dürer's "Apocalypse" series
Curator Dr. Thomas Ketelsen shows me the print featured at the beginning of this film
“Saint John Devouring the Book” by Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528)
Seeing these was a rare privilege, because they are almost never brought out into the light/exhibition, at risk of fading
Interiew in I Care If You Listen
World Premiere Screening at the original site of Stalag VIII-A
Canada premiere screening
U.S. premiere screening hosted by Chiarina Chamber Players
U.S. Premiere Screening on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Premiere Screening on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Karen Johnson and Christopher Schmitt
Char Prescott and Patrick Morgan
Christopher Schmitt, Char Prescott, Patrick Morgan, Karen Johnson
Christopher Schmitt, Char Prescott, Patrick Morgan, H. Paul Moon, Karen Johnson
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