Olivier Messiaen (Composer) Wiki, Age, Height, Weight

Olivier Messiaen

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.

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.

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.

He married the violinist Claire Delbos in 1932.

He studied composition under Paul Dukas at the Paris Conservatory.

Olivier Messiaen Age

How old is Olivier Messiaen? He was born in 1908, he was 114 years old at the time of his death.

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Olivier Messiaen Wiki

Olivier Messiaen Wiki/Bio
Famous asComposer
Age114 years old
BirthdayDecember 10, 1908
BirthplaceAvignon, France
Date of DeathApril 27, 1992
Zodiac SignSagittarius

Quotes by Olivier Messiaen

The human being is flesh and consciousness, body and soul; his heart is an abyss which can only be filled by that which is godly.

— Olivier Messiaen

I give bird songs to those who dwell in cities and have never heard them, make rhythms for those who know only military marches or jazz, and paint colors for those who see none.

— Olivier Messiaen

My faith is the grand drama of my life. I’m a believer, so I sing words of God to those who have no faith.

— Olivier Messiaen

No one should be allowed to make music as if he were made of wood. One must reproduce the musical text exactly, but not play like a stone.

— Olivier Messiaen