Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

One of the greatest composers of the 20th century, Messiaen used complex rhythms borrowed from ancient Greek and Asian sources and complex melodic structures based on his theory of "modes of limited transposition" Messiaen's music is considered by many listeners to be "difficult," but others (myself included) find it intellectually stimulating and emotionally exciting.

Here is an excerpt from his "Oiseaux Exotiques," conducted by his student Pierre Boulez (one of the greatest living conductors and a fine composer in his own right).

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