A soldier leaves his country to go on a mission abroad. A string quartet is buried under the rubble in an explosion. The soldier is killed while on patrol, and will live a mystical experience after his death.
In 2007, the Quatuor Bozzini commissioned a text from Jean-Frédéric Messier, to accompany a performance of Black Angels by composer George Crumb. Written in 1970, this work is subtitled In tempore belli, which translates as ‘’in time of war’’. George Crumb composed Black Angels as a reaction to the Vietnam war, this being the inspiration for Jean-Frédéric Messier to write his text.
The Black Angel project is a unique and hybrid kind of show, a cross between theatre and musical performance.