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Olivier Messiaen

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Apparition de l'eglise eternelle (14)
Canteyodjaya (7)
Catalogue d'oiseaux Book 1 (4)
Catalogue d'oiseaux Book 3 (3)
Catalogue d'oiseaux Book 4 (1)
Catalogue d'oiseaux Book 5 (1)
Catalogue d'oiseaux Book 7 (1)
Catalogue d'oiseaux Books 1-7 (complete) (2)
Catalogue d'oiseaux (5)
Chants (6) de terre et de ciel (4)
Chronochromie for large orchestra (5)
Couleurs de la Cite Celeste (3)
Des canyons aux etoiles (excerpts) (1)
Des canyons aux etoiles (3)
Dieu parmi nous (1)
Diptyque (11)
Eclairs sur l'au-dela (2)
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum (4)
Etudes de rythme (4) (10)
Fantaisie burlesque (5)
Fantaisie for violin and piano (2)
Fantaisie (2)
Fauvettes de l'Herault: Concert des garrigues (ed. Muraro) (1)
Fetes des belles eaux (2)
Haikai (7) (3)
Harawi: Chants d'amour et de mort (6)
Hymne au Saint-Sacrement (3)
Institution de l'Eucharist (1)
L'Alouette Lulu (2)
L'Ascension (organ) (extracts) (1)
L'Ascension (organ) (17)
L'Ascension: Four symphonic meditations for orchestra (6)
L'echange (1)
La Fauvette Passerinette (3)
La Fauvette des jardins (7)
La Merle Noir (1)
La Nativite du Seigneur (21)
La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ (1)
La fiancee perdue (1)
La mort du nombre (3)
Le Banquet celeste (17)
Le Courlis cendre (1)
Le Reveil des oiseaux (3)
Le Tombeau resplendissant (2)
Lecons de solfege (5) (1)
Le merle noir (14)
Les Corps glorieux (13)
Les Offrandes oubliees (7)
Le traquet stapazin (1)
Livre d'orgue (10)
Livre du Saint-Sacrament (11)
Meditations (9) sur le Mystere de la Sainte Trinite (10)
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» no.3
Melodies (3) (6)
Messe de la Pentecote (15)
» Entree
Monodie (5)
Morceau de lecture a vue (3)
O Sacrum convivium (14)
Offrande au Saint Sacrement (6)
Oiseaux exotiques (3)
Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (6) (8)
Petites liturgies de la Presence Divine (3) (2)
Piece pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas (6)
Piece pour piano et quatuor a cordes (2)
Poemes pour Mi (12)
Prelude for piano (1964) (3)
Prelude pour orgue (5)
Preludes (8) for piano (12)
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (31)
Rechants (5) (9)
Regard de la Vierge (1)
Rhythmic Studies (4) (2)
Rondeau (4)
Saint Francois d'Assise (3)
Theme and Variations for piano and violin (15)
Tristan et Yseult: Theme d'amour (1)
Turangalila Symphony (12)
» Finale
Un Sourire (3)
Verset pour la fete de la dedicace (9)
Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jesus (27)
» Noel
Visions de l'Amen (12)
Vocalise-Etude for soprano and piano (arr. Anna Lapwood for organ) (1)
Vocalise-Etude for soprano and piano (4)
no.6 Joie et clarte des Corps Glorieux (1)

Olivier Messiaen (December 10, 1908 – April 27, 1992) was a French composer, organist and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century. His music is rhythmically complex; harmonically and melodically it often uses modes of limited transposition, which he abstracted from his early compositions and improvisations. Messiaen also drew on his Roman Catholic faith for his pieces.

He travelled widely and wrote works inspired by diverse influences such as 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 (a phenomenon known as synaesthesia in its literal manifestation); 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 exotic musical influences such as Indonesian gamelan (tuned percussion often features prominently in his orchestral works).

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Messiaen - Entre Plumes et lumieres
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Sinfonieorchester Wuppertal LIVE Vol.3: Dutilleux, Messiaen, Ravel
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Messiaen - La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ, Poemes pour Mi, Chronochromie
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Messiaen - Piano Music
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Anna Lapwood: Images
Anna Lapwood: Images

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The Rieger Organ of St. Martin, Kassel
The Rieger Organ of St. Martin, Kassel

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M Gorecki, Messiaen & D Schnyder - Chamber Works for Woodwind Instruments & Piano
M Gorecki, Messiaen & D Schnyder - Chamber Works for Woodwind Instruments & Piano

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Messiaen - Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus
Messiaen - Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus

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Matthew Larkin plays the Casavant Opus 550 Organ, St Paul’s, Toronto
Matthew Larkin plays the Casavant Opus 550 Organ, St Paul’s, Toronto

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Andre Previn: The Warner Edition
Andre Previn: The Warner Edition

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A Claude: Debussy, Messiaen, Crumb, Takemitsu, Rotaru & Boccuzzi
A Claude: Debussy, Messiaen, Crumb, Takemitsu, Rotaru & Boccuzzi

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