Olivier Messiaen, Composer
(1908-1992). French composer, performer, teacher. Olivier Messiaen studied at the Paris Conservatoire (1919-30) with Dukas, Dupré and others, and taught there from 1941-78 while also serving as organist of La Trinité in Paris (1931-92). His pupils include many distinguished musicians such as Boulez, Stockhausen and Xenakis. Messiaen quickly developed an original and unique style which included innovations in harmony and melody (including the use of his ingenious modes with limited transpos...