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Music For The End Of Time [Hardcover]

By Jennifer Bryant (Author)
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Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.8" Width: 9.58" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Age  9
ISBN  0802852297  
EAN  9780802852298  

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Item Description...
Presents the story of how French composer Olivier Messiaen was able to overcome the desolation of a World War II prison camp through the power of music.

From The Book Jacket
<blockquote><I>"Eee — oh — lay! Eee — oh — lay!"<br> Such a wild and beautiful sound, <br> Olivier thought.<br> His eyes followed the bird as it turned<br> toward the woods, floated over the treetops,<br> and, at last, disappeared.</blockquote></I> <p>Detained in a German prison camp, Olivier misses his family, his friends, and his home — but most of all he misses music. A chance encounter with a nightingale and a German officer, however, provides Olivier with a small miracle — the opportunity to write music again.</p> <p>Jen Bryant?Ts poetic biography of French composer Olivier Messiaen, coupled with Beth Peck?Ts evocative pastel illustrations, captures both the desolation of a World War II prison camp and the transforming power of music. This book will stir readers of all ages to seek hope in the things that inspire them.</p>

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jen Bryant is the acclaimed author of poetry, biographies, picture books, and fiction, including "The Fortune of Carmen Navarro"; "Ringside, 1925" "Views from the Scopes Trial"; "Pieces of Georgia"; and "The Trial," a novel for young readers about the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh s son.
A graduate of Gettysburg College, Jen Bryant teaches children's literature at West Chester University and lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. To learn more about the author and her books, please visit

Jen Bryant currently resides in the state of Pennsylvania.

Jen Bryant has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Schneider Family Book Awards - Young Children's Book Winner

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Not only for children  Mar 19, 2008
"Quartet for the End of Time" is a 20th century classic, but hardly an item that most children would relate to. The music demands sophisticated listening for most adults, though like any music a listener may choose just to daydream with or without Messiaen's own descriptive commentary. The children's storybook format is charming on its own, though the depiction of a POW camp is heavily sugar-coated. "Schindler's List" this is not! "Music for the end of time" hardly evokes the brutal harmonies or mystic vision of the actual music, but might just get someone started down the path to exploring a composer well worth discovering, especially in this [2008] his centennial year.
Music For the End of Time  Oct 13, 2006
This story is based on the experience of Olivier Messiaen, a Christian French composer. In 1941, he is detained in a German prison camp, but he is granted permission to play a piano and compose his music. A German officer leads him to the piano and he eventually becomes inspired by the song of a nightingale, which he translates into a sonata. Two new prisoners arrive carrying their instruments in cases and before long, voila!-- chamber music for a camp concert in front of 5,000 prisoners. The camp is described as desolate, and the first illustration does show a dejected line of khaki-clad prisoners being guarded through the gates by German guards and a dog. The prisoners are sent to their barracks where they receive non-striped khaki uniforms and mattresses made of straw, but the lovely pastel illustrations down play the harshness of the surroundings. There is no Jewish content.. The now-famous piece Messiaen composed there, is: Quartet for the End of Time. For ages 8 and up. Reviewed by Marcia Posner
A children's picturebook based on the true story of French composer Olivier Messiaen  Feb 11, 2006
Music for the End of Time is a children's picturebook based on the true story of French composer Olivier Messiaen, who was captured by the Germans during World War II and sent to a prison camp in Gorlitz (now part of Poland). Despite the bleak living conditions, he received the gift of a small miracle - the opportunity to write music again. With the aid of three fellow musicians also taken prisoner, the song of a beautiful nightingale, and the permission of a German officer, he was able to compose and play the now-famous "Quartet for the End of Time", in a performance appreciated like no other by his fellow prisoners. The emotionally touching pastel illustrations add the perfect quality to this simple story about keeping hope alive in the darkness.

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