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Apparition de l'eglise eternelle (13)
Canteyodjaya (5)
Catalogue d'oiseaux Book 1 (2)
Catalogue d'oiseaux Book 3 (1)
Catalogue d'oiseaux Books 1-7 (complete) (2)
Catalogue d'oiseaux (6)
Chant dans le style de Mozart (1)
Chant des deportes pour choeur mixte et grand orchestre (2)
Chants (6) de terre et de ciel (6)
Chronochromie for large orchestra (6)
Concert a quatre (3)
Couleurs de la Cite Celeste (5)
Des canyons aux etoiles (5)
Dieu parmi nous (2)
Diptyque (10)
Eclairs sur l'au-dela (6)
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum (7)
Etudes de rythme (4) (7)
Fantaisie burlesque (3)
Fantaisie for violin and piano (2)
Fantaisie (2)
Fetes des belles eaux (3)
Feuillets Inedits (1)
Haikai (7) (5)
Harawi: Chants d'amour et de Mort (6)
Hymne au Saint-Sacrement (5)
Inedits (4) for piano and onde martenot (1)
Institution de l'Eucharist (1)
L'Abime des Oiseaux for clarinet solo (1)
L'Alouette Lulu (2)
L'Ascension (organ) (extracts) (1)
L'Ascension (organ) (12)
L'Ascension: Four symphonic meditations for orchestra (8)
L'echange (1)
La Fauvette Passerinette (1)
La Fauvette des jardins (7)
La Merle Noir (1)
La Nativite du Seigneur (17)
La Rousserolle effarvatte (1)
La Transfiguration de Notre Seigneur Jesus-Christ (3)
La Ville d'en haut (3)
La fiancee perdue (1)
La mort du nombre (4)
Le Banquet Celeste (17)
Le Courlis cendre (2)
Le Reveil des oiseaux (5)
Lecons de solfege (5) (1)
Le merle noir (14)
Les Corps glorieux (13)
Les Offrandes oubliees (7)
Les canyons aux etoiles (1)
Le tombeau resplendissant (3)
Le traquet stapazin (1)
Livre d'orgue (8)
Livre du Saint-Sacrament (11)
Meditations (9) sur le Mystere de la Sainte Trinite (10)
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Melodies (3) (6)
Messe de la Pentecote (12)
» Entree
Monodie (6)
Morceau de lecture a vue (2)
O Sacrum convivium (15)
Offrande au Saint Sacrement (8)
Oiseaux Exotiques (6)
Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (6) (9)
Petites liturgies de la Presence Divine (3) (5)
Piece pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas (4)
Piece pour piano et quatuor a cordes (4)
Poemes pour mi (13)
Prelude for Piano (1964) (2)
Prelude pour orgue (7)
Preludes (8) for piano (10)
Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) (34)
Rechants (5) (9)
Regard de la Vierge (1)
Rhythmic Studies (4) (3)
Rondeau (3)
Saint Francois d'Assise (4)
Theme and Variations for piano and violin (14)
Turangalila Symphony (17)
» Finale
Un sourire (3)
Un vitrail et des oiseaux (3)
Verset pour la fete de la dedicace (8)
Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jesus (23)
» Noel
Visions de l'Amen (14)
Vocalise-Etude for soprano and piano (5)

Olivier Messiaen (December 10, 1908 Ė 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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