Rite of Spring at the Proms on period instruments. Fantastic performance with a lefty violist and a timpani stick fail/recovery at 39:50 and the cello solo is amazing and this whole thing is just really a prime performance.
"I’m trying to get out of my brokeness."
“Why are you broke?”
“I was born broke. Nobody ever gave me anything. Nobody ever bought me anything. But I made it hard on myself too. I left school. I left home. I threw all my stuff in the street and left.”
“Why’d you do that?”
“My feelings were hurt. Nobody ever cared about me. Nobody ever said: ‘Charlie, what’s wrong?’ They said, ‘Shut up, Charlie. We’ve got our own problems.’”
Happy birthday to French composer, ornithologist, and scarf model Olivier Messiaen!
Born on December 10, 1908, Messiaen was a renowned synaesthete — he experienced colors associated with particular musical notes and chords, and even wrote in the margins of his scores which colors the performers should try to evoke when playing his music.
One of Messiaen’s most famous pieces is the Quartet for the End of Time(Quatuor pour la fin du temps). Written while Messiaen was a prisoner in a German POW camp during World War II, the quartet is a powerful meditation on nature and spirituality. Listen to it here.