Olivier Messiaen

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Birthday
10, 1908
Birthplace
Avignon, France
Death Date
Apr 27, 1992 (83)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
10, 1908
Birthplace
Avignon, France
Death Date
Apr 27, 1992 (83)

About

French composer, ornithologist, and organist who was one of the major composers of the 20th century. He was known for his complex rhythms that were inspired by Greek and Hindu repertoire. He frequently employed modes of limited transposition.

Before Fame

He enrolled in the Paris Conservatory at the young age of 11. He was made a prisoner of war in France during World War II, where he composed and performed a piece of chamber music with his fellow prisoners.

Trivia

He was influenced by many aspects of his life, including his Roman Catholic faith, Japanese music, the Bryce Canyon landscape in Utah, and the life and work of St. Francis of Assisi.

Family Life

He married the violinist Claire Delbos in 1932.

Associated With

He studied composition under Paul Dukas at the Paris Conservatory.