Olivier Messiaen Biography

Olivier Messiaen
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Birthday: December 10, 1908

Died At Age: 61

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Born Country: France

Born in: Avignon, France

Famous as: Composer, Organist

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Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Yvonne Loriod

father: Cécile Sauvage

mother: Pierre Messiaen

children: Pascal

Died on: January 1, 1970

place of death: Clichy, France

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education: Conservatoire de Paris

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Who was Olivier Messiaen?

Often acknowledged as a composer whose works show evidences of his deep loyalty towards Catholicism, exoticism and nature, Olivier Messiaen was not only a composer and organist, but was also a great teacher who inspired his students to think clearly and differently. As a composer, he expanded the classical music tradition to include the sounds of nature and world music. As a teacher, his classes in harmony and analysis attracted towards him students of the most illustrious class, which helped to take his name beyond boundaries of his native country. His impressive list of students includes the likes of Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and his second wife, the keyboardist Yvonne Loriod. Messiaen can be credited for developing a unique style in which he was quite innovative in blending harmony, melody, rhythm, color and orchestration. He is also known for creating a unique musical language which is characterized by its effectiveness. Though rhythmically complex, his music harmonically and melodically, drew inspiration on modes of limited transposition, which are quite apparent in his early compositions and improvisations. Read the biography given below to learn more about him.

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Awards

Grammy Awards
1996 Best Classical Contemporary Composition Winner

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