Olivier Messiaen

1908 - 1992

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Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles Messiaen (UK: , US: ; French: [ɔlivje mɛsjɑ̃]; 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 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Olivier Messiaen has received more than 1,041,350 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Olivier Messiaen is the 90th most popular composer (up from 92nd in 2019), the 334th most popular biography from France (up from 353rd in 2019) and the 16th most popular French Composer.

Olivier Messiaen is most famous for his compositions for organ and orchestra, including the Turangalîla-Symphonie.

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Among composers, Olivier Messiaen ranks 90 out of 1,228Before him are Franz Lehár, Carl Czerny, Leonard Bernstein, Adolphe Adam, François Couperin, and Leoš Janáček. After him are César Franck, Léo Delibes, Jacopo Peri, Arvo Pärt, Pietro Mascagni, and Ruggero Leoncavallo.

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Among people born in 1908, Olivier Messiaen ranks 14Before him are Lyndon B. Johnson, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Skorzeny, Ian Fleming, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. After him are Bette Davis, Lev Landau, Geli Raubal, Edward Teller, Simon Wiesenthal, and Mika Waltari. Among people deceased in 1992, Olivier Messiaen ranks 12Before him are Willy Brandt, Menachem Begin, John Cage, Astor Piazzolla, Francis Bacon, and Mikhail Tal. After him are Anthony Perkins, Giovanni Falcone, Barbara McClintock, Benny Hill, Jan Oort, and Ernst Happel.

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In France

Among people born in France, Olivier Messiaen ranks 334 out of 5,234Before him are Eugène François Vidocq (1775), François Couperin (1668), Jean Renoir (1894), Charles, Count of Valois (1270), Claude of France (1499), and Marquis de Condorcet (1743). After him are Louis, Duke of Burgundy (1682), Léo Delibes (1836), John Vianney (1786), Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715), Mireille Mathieu (1946), and Paul Ricœur (1913).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Olivier Messiaen ranks 16Before him are Josquin des Prez (1450), Gabriel Fauré (1845), Jules Massenet (1842), Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645), Adolphe Adam (1803), and François Couperin (1668). After him are Léo Delibes (1836), Francis Poulenc (1899), Arthur Honegger (1892), Pérotin (1160), Pierre Boulez (1925), and Daniel Auber (1782).