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Mes·siaen(mĕ-syän′, -syäN′), Olivier 1908-1992.
French composer and organist who was a noted teacher and theorist. His avant-garde works were generally large scale and based on themes like love, nature, and Christianity.
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(Biography) Olivier (ɔlivje). 1908–92, French composer and organist. His music is distinguished by its rhythmic intricacy; he was influenced by Hindu and Greek rhythms and bird song
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Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles, 1908– 1992, French composer.
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