from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Messiaen, Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles 1908-1992. French composer and organist who was a noted teacher and theorist. His avant-garde works were generally large scale and based on themes like love, nature, and Christianity.


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  • Part of the joy in Messiaen’s piece, like Wagner’s, may be the joy in pursuit of the difficult-to-attain.

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  • The Messiaen was the more exciting of the two, thanks in part to a powerhouse solo turn by pianist Natasha Paremski - a Bay Area product who is now finally beginning to receive the attention she's due.

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  • In its place he founded a vast new palette of expressive possibilities on which composers such as Messiaen have been able to build with imagination and freedom.

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  • Steel doubted that stagings planned by Mortier, focused heavily on 20th century works such as Messiaen's '' Saint Francois d'Assise '' will be presented and that Mortier's commission for opera based on '' Brokeback Mountain '' probably would move to another company.

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  • Contemporary composers such as Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, Arthur Honegger and Andre Jolivet have all written for the Ondes Martenot, which produces one note of variable pitch along with weird and wonderful sounds perfect for sci-fi movies such as Mars Attacks.

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  • This is, I think, where Bach was coming from as well as folks such as Messiaen, Georges Rouault, Makoto Fujimura, James MacMillan, and so on.


  • Opera appeared to have faltered in Italy and, with notable exceptions by Poulenc and Messiaen, in France.

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  • Ravel and Messiaen famously lost, as did Saint-Saëns, whose entries have been unearthed by conductor Hervé Niquet for this fascinating set.

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  • Some would pour scorn on such a romantic approach, while praising the birdsong-influenced works of Olivier Messiaen.

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  • His peers include Tan Dun, an Oscar-winner for the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" soundtrack, also with a premiere at New York's Metropolitan Opera to his name; Chen Qigang, a student of the late French composer Olivier Messiaen who returned from Paris to oversee music for Beijing's 2008 Olympics; and Zhou Long, winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for music.

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