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Remembering Olivier Messiaen (December 10, 1908 – April 27, 1992)

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In 1992, Olivier Messiaen, considered the most renowned French composer since Maurice Ravel, died in Paris at age 83. He drew inspiration from Oriental music, birdcalls and his deep religious faith. He inspired some of the 20th century’s leading musical figures, including two of his former students, Pierre Boulez and Karl Heinz Stockhausen.

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