The Composer Who Preserved a Bit of Optimism While in a Nazi POW Camp

The premier work of Olivier Messiaen, a giant of modern atonal music, will be performed across Israel this week.

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Part of what is so special about the most famous work of French composer Olivier Messiaen, his “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” (“Quartet for the end of time”), is related to the circumstances of its composition...