Olivier Messiaen



Olivier Messiaen was a French composer, organist, and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century. His music is rhythmically complex; harmonically and melodically he employs a system he called modes of limited transposition, which he abstracted from the systems of material generated by his early compositions and improvisations. He wrote music for chamber ensembles and orchestra, vocal music, as well as for solo organ and piano, and also experimented with the use of novel electronic instruments developed in Europe during his lifetime.

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Technique Of My Musical Lan...

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Technique de mon Langue Mus...

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Technique De Mon Language M...

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Quatuor pour la Fin du Temp...

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Traité de rythme, de couleu...

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Messiaen: Thème et variations

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Musique et couleur: Nouveau...

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Lecture at Notre-Dame

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“It's probable that in the artistic hierarchy birds are the greatest musicians existing on our planet.”
Olivier Messiaen
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“The human being is flesh and consciousness, body and soul; his heart is an abyss which can only be filled by that which is godly.”
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