The Miracle of Stalag 8A is a retelling of the attention-grabbing tale of Olivier Messiaen's composition of his Quartet for the top of Time. Set in France & Germany from 1939 to 1941, Messiaen served within the French military, was once captured at Verdun, and despatched to Stalag 8A in Gorlitz, Germany, the place he composed the nice paintings, The Quartet for the tip of Time.
The enigmatic Messiaen, an avant-garde composer and likewise a religious Catholic, besides Etienne Pasquier, an agnostic cellist, Henri Akoka, a Jewish Trotskyite Clarinetist, and Jean le Boulaire, an atheistic violinist, turn into the recognized quartet of Stalag 8A. those 4 very various males collaborated to create musical historical past within the impossible of locations. Messiaen's Quartet, composed in a Stalag, transforms man's inhumanity to guy with hope.
Yet to the avant-garde, he was once too conventional and too non secular; to the traditionalists and spiritual, he was once too avant-garde. consequently he'll consistently stand someplace outdoor of Time. the 1st functionality of the Quartet for the tip of Time at Stalag 8A in January 1941 has turn into, within the phrases of Paul Griffiths, "one of the good tales of twentieth-century music". - From the writer