Need some writing music this cold and dark month?

Exactly 72 years ago today, the composer Olivier Messiaen debuted “Quartet for the End of Time” in German prison camp during World War Two. The chamber music makes for some powerful writing music and we’ve embedded a Spotify playlist below.

Here’s more about the music: “I have been lost in ‘Abyss of the Birds,’ a mournful seven-minute clarinet solo that sounds like a songbird lost in the frozen darkness of a January night …┬áThe melody must leave the clarinet player dizzy from its long passages, stretching the loveliest notes for seemingly endless measures. In the best recordings you can hear the clarinetist gulping for air.
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