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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.
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(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
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Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles, 1908– 1992, French composer.
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As we have seen, Messiaen's music pursues similar bedazzlement, and as his life-long fascination with birdsong suggests, they are connected on some level with springtime.
Satoh: Birds in warped time II; Debussy: Sonata for violin and piano; Messiaen: Theme et Variations; Takemitsu: Distance de Fee; Ravel: Violin Sonata Anne Akiko Meyers, violin/Li Jian, piano (Avie Records AV 0024)
"I first wrote to the French composer Olivier Messiaen in 1964 and we eventually did him on The South Bank Show in 1983."
'When I listen to my favourite jazz musicians or to an organ work of Olivier Messiaen, I feel carried away with all my senses to another world.'
Thus Clara Rockmore's swooping theremin is followed by Olivier Messiaen's equally sinuous if less familiar electronic instrument, the ondes martenot; Pierre Schaeffer's cutup "Etude aux Chemins de fer" is followed by John Cage's cutup "Williams Mix"; and so on.
SAN FRANCISCO A San Francisco Opera presentation of an opera in three acts with music and libretto by Olivier Messiaen. Directed by Nicolas Brieger.
Graduate and undergraduate music students will play Sonata for Cello and Piano by Alberto Ginastera, Suite for Flute and Percussion by Andre Jolivet, "Ku-ka-limoku" for percussion by Christopher Rouse; "Contrasts" for violin, clarinet and piano by Bela Bartok; and two pieces for flute and piano - "Le Merle Noir" by Olivier Messiaen and a sonata by Francis Poulenc.
THE LEGENDARY BUSONI RECORDINGS: This reissue of works by Paul Jacobs, one of the first out classical artists to die of AIDS, offers Busoni's "Six Sonatinas"; piano etudes of Bartok, Busoni, Messiaen, and Stravinsky; and organ chorale preludes of Bach and Brahms (arranged by Busoni).
Benjamin's description, for example, of his time in Messiaen's composition class reveals the indelible impression the French master made on a sixteen-year-old schoolboy.
Butler asked him to do a piece to French composer Olivier Messiaen for a June recital.
Messiaen approaches it through a sensual regard of the beyond - what is beyond time and space.
Earlier in this century there were several such figures-rachmaninov, Bartok, Messiaen, Prokofiev, Britten, Strauss and others.