Olivier Messiaen Autograph

SKU: 8009980

Sale priceSFr.180,00


Signed card, 5,75 x 3,75 inch, signed in black felt tip "Bien amicalement,Olivier Messiaen", attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a picture of Olivier Messiaen at a piano (altogether 8,25 x 11,75 inch), with very mild signs of wear - in nearly very fine condition.

Further Information on the person

(1908-1992) French composer, organist, and ornithologist, one of the major composers of the 20th century.

Year of Birth: 1908

Biography (AI generated)

Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles Messiaen was a French composer and ornithologist. He was born on December 10, 1908, in Avignon, France. Messiaen showed an interest in music from a young age, and at the age of seven, he began taking piano lessons. His talent quickly became evident, and he went on to study at the Paris Conservatoire, where he was influenced by composers such as Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

Messiaen was known for his innovative and unique approach to composition, blending elements of rhythm, tonality, and color. He often drew inspiration from nature, particularly birdsong, which he incorporated into many of his compositions. His deep appreciation for the natural world led him to become an avid ornithologist, and he often spent time in nature observing and recording birdsongs.

During World War II, Messiaen was captured and held as a prisoner of war for almost a year. It was during this time that he composed one of his most famous works, "Quatuor pour la fin du temps" (Quartet for the End of Time). This composition, written for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, is considered a masterpiece of 20th-century music.

Messiaen's career as a composer was highly successful, and he achieved recognition and acclaim both in France and internationally. He held various teaching positions, including at the Paris Conservatoire, where he influenced a new generation of composers.

In addition to his musical achievements, Messiaen was recognized for his strong Catholic faith, which greatly influenced his compositions. Many of his works have religious themes and draw on biblical texts and imagery.

Olivier Messiaen passed away on April 27, 1992, leaving behind a rich legacy of musical compositions that continue to be studied, performed, and admired by musicians and music enthusiasts around the world.

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