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Olivier Messiaen

December 10, 1908 - April 27, 1992
born in Avignon, France, composed during the Modern period
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was one of the most original and influential composers of the twentieth century. A devout Roman Catholic, the majority of his works explicitly reflected his faith in their subject matter. He developed a distinctive musical language largely independent from the traditions of Western classical music, using modes of limited transposition (many of which he developed himself), Indian and Greek rhythmic theory, Indonesian gamelan, and birdsong. Major works include Quatuor pour la fin du temps; La Nativité du Seigneur, for organ; Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus, for piano; Turangalîla-symphonie and Des canyons aux étoiles..., for orchestra, and the opera Saint François d'Asisse. ~ Stephen Eddins, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Messiaen: Catalogue D'Oiseaux- Complete Seven Books

Disc 1
Title: Catalogue D'oiseaux (In 7 Books), For Piano, I/42
Disc 2
Disc 3
Title: La Fauvette Des Jardins, For Piano, I/50
Title: Petites Esquisses D'oiseaux (6), For Piano, I/54
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Track List: Messiaen: Livre du Saint Sacrement, Diptyque, Verset - Jennifer Bate

Disc 1
Title: Diptyque, For Organ, I/3
Title: Verset Pour La Fête De La Dédicace, For Organ, I/44
Title: Livre Du Saint-sacrement, For Organ, I/53
Disc 2
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Track List: Messiaen: Saint François d'Assise / van Dam, Upshaw, Nagano

Disc 1
Title: Saint François D'assise, Opera In 3 Acts, I/52
Disc 2
Disc 3
Disc 4
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Track List: Olivier Messiaen: Des Canyons aux Etoiles; Oiseaux Exotiques; Couleurs de la Cité Celeste

Disc 1
Title: Des Canyons aux étoiles, for piano & orchestra, I/51
Disc 2
Title: Oiseaux exotiques, for piano, 11 winds & 7 percussion, I/41
Title: Couleurs de la cité céleste, for piano, 13 winds & 6 percussion, I/46
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Track List: Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony; L'ascension

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Track List: Olivier Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus

Disc 1
Title: Regards (20) Sur L'enfant Jésus, For Piano, I/27
Disc 2

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Like a dark prayer.
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pianoprayert r a c y
Le Merle Bleu is such an awesome song!
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Wow
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Music to open your sonic sinuses. Yes. (Cee Rex)
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johnafjr
I feel very lucky to have found the Quartet for $1 at a thrift store. It has changed & is still changing my life. Bravo!
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Sonic stained glass that splashes and beads like water. Birds of mercury. Cities of light and crystal.
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kenn7727
It's a music too esoteric not to listen to, too beautiful to miss, too striking to understand.
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2008 is a "Messiaen Centennial." To see worldwide listing see:
www.messiaen 2 0 0 8 . c o m

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