A Puzzle Shrouded in a Cloud of Sound

The mountains have inspired composers as much as the sea. © Charles Thibo
The mountains have inspired composers as much as the sea. © Charles Thibo

Shocked, No. Amused? Definitely. Yesterday evening the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst performed Olivier Messiaen’s piece “Chronochromie” in Luxembourg. Those 25 minutes were an interesting sound experiment and an excellent prelude to Richard Strauss’ symphonic poem op. 64 “Alpensinfonie” that was to follow after the pause.
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Messiaen and the End of Time

End of the world - end of time? © Charles Thibo
End of the world – end of time? © Charles Thibo

Our musical journey has taken us several centuries back with Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Respighi to the dawn of the 20th century. Old stuff. Good stuff, but old stuff nevertheless. Perhaps I can invite you to jump back to the present to discover contemporary composers of classical music? Daring composers like… Olivier Messiaen. Continue reading!