Olivier Messiaen

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An elderly, balding man with swept back hair, wearing a suit. He faces the camera.
Olivier Messiaen in 1986

Olivier Messiaen (December 10, 1908 – April 27, 1992) was a French composer, organist, ornithologist, and composer.


  • Music is motion from nonrest to rest.[1]

Quotes about Messiaen[edit]

  • I find him interesting, especially when played by Yvonne Loriod. The works of his I've heard often start magnificantly, but their initial promise is never realized, and you get these sugar-water climaxes that I can't stand. Splendid ideas, then suddenly Gershwin, cloying sweetness! Having said that, I like Gershwin a lot. He's excellent in his own field, and less sentimental than Messiaen.

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  1. Damian, Jon. Fresh Music (2015). YO! Publications, Cambridge. ISBN 978-0-9863105-0-8