Olivier Messiaen

Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles 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.
He travelled widely and wrote works inspired by diverse influences ranging from Japanese music, the landscape of Bryce Canyon in Utah and the life of St. Francis of Assisi. He said he perceived colours when he heard certain musical chords; combinations of these colours, he said, were important in his compositional process. For a short period Messiaen experimented with the parametrisation associated with "total serialism", in which field he is often cited as an innovator. His style absorbed many global musical influences such as Indonesian gamelan.

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Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps - 2. Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du tempsMessiaen: Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps5:31
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Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps - 8. Louange à l'Immortalité de JésusMessiaen: Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps9:15
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Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps - 6. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettesMessiaen: Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps5:40
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Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps - 5. Louange à l'Eternité de JésusMessiaen: Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps9:59
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Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps - 3. Abîme des oiseauxMessiaen: Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps8:48
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Quatuor pour la fin du temps: 1. Liturgie de cristalMessiaen: Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps2:59
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Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps - 4. IntermèdeMessiaen: Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps1:48
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Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps - 7. Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du tempsMessiaen: Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps8:20
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Visions de l'Amen, for 2 Pianos: No. 6, Amen du JugementLes musiques de Chagall2:35
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(1941) Quatuor pour la fin du temps [V. Louange à l'Eternité de Jésus]The Greatest Classical Music Through the Ages (Years 1940-1949)7:52
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