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Olivier Messiaen’s Little Known Love Song

French composer Olivier Messiaen in 1930.
French composer Olivier Messiaen in 1930.
March 25, 2011

French composer, organist and ornithologist, Olivier Messiaen, is one of the major composers of the 20th century. While well known for incorporating bird song into his musical repertoire, the more erotic works of this composer are explored.

Birdsong Inspires Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques

birds eat from a man's hand in front Notre Dame in Paris
French composer Olivier Messiaen composed a number of works inspired by his careful transcription of birdsong.
22, 2011

This weekend the Columbus Symphony performs Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques (“Exotic Birds”) for piano and orchestra (1955). CSO Music Director Jean-Marie Zeitouni talks about Messiaen and his exotic birds.