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 (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.


(French mɛsjɑ̃)
(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



Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles, 1908– 1992, French composer.
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Asked by Antoine Golea about the sources on which he had drawn, Messiaen stated,
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He reveals insights that go beyond typical scholarly portrayals of Messiaen as a devout, religious musician with only superficial connections to the French culture around him, or even as a musician who was spiritual in name only.
The Seattle Symphony under its Music Director Ludovic Morlot delivers impressive performances of these two quasi-religious works by the devout French master Olivier Messiaen, both to texts penned by the composer.
Katta selected three pieces by the organ magician Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992): Priere apres la Communion from the cycle Livre du Saint Sacrement (The Book of the Blessed Sacrament), Communion a Sortie from the Pentecost Mass (Messe de la Pentecote), which includes Messiaen's signature imitations of birdsong in combination with inward contemplation.
Marilyn Nonken's "Messiaen to Murail, or, What Sounds Become" is concerned with French piano music written since Messiaen, particularly the works of Tristan Murail (b.
Visions of Amen: The Early Life and Music of Olivier Messiaen.
Olivier Messiaen wrote his piano masterpiece Vingt Regards sur I'Enfant Jesus (Twenty Contemplations of the Infant Jesus) in 1944, surrounded by war in occupied Paris, yet the music is suffused with themes of love, colour, passion, silence and faith.
This study examines the early life and music of French composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), focusing on his French Catholic avant-garde music.
He discusses the idea of "German music"; the work of Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, Nikos Skalkottas, Luigi Nono, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Gyorgy Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Alfred Schnittke, Hanz Werner Henze, and Wolfgang Rihm; the music of postmodern composers; multicultural phenomena in new music; nationalism and folklorism; principles of vocal composition; and the influence of Beethoven on the Schoenberg school.
There will also be a screen adaptation of George Orwell's first book which charts his emergence as a writer, the life of Elton John from birth to rehab - as told in an outrageous musical extravaganza - a screen adaptation of Edmund De Waal's international best seller The Hare With Amber Eyes which chronicles the rise and fall of his extraordinary family, and the great French composer Messiaen who created one of the masterpieces of Twentieth Century music in a German prisoner of war camp.