January 11, 2016

Spirituality and Music in Adversity + Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time

Title: Spirituality and Music in Adversity. Source: World Science Festival. Date Published: March 5, 2015. Description:
Do people of different faiths react differently to music? Biblical scholar Elaine Pagels doesn't think so. She believes music reaches down to something deeper, especially during the worst of human traumas. Pagels and ABC News correspondent Bill Blakemore discuss this emergence of music and spirituality as a tool to extract meaning from adversity.

Title: Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. Source: LibraryOfCongress. Date Published: June 2, 2011. Description:
French composer Olivier Messiaen wrote his seminal chamber work Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) while he was a prisoner of the German army during World War II. The first performance, given for an audience of about four hundred of his fellow prisoners of war and their prison guards in Stalag VIII-A, resonates as poignant example of the transformative power of music even in the most dire circumstances.

Speaker Biography: James Wintle is a music specialist at the Library of Congress and a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the University of North Texas.