Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday to Olivier Messiaen

Photo credit: George Tames, NY Times

Today is a milestone birthday for one of the biggest names in the Organ World. It would have been the one-hundredth birthday of Olivier Messiaen, who was born on this day in 1908.

I will admit that the first time I heard his music, I wasn't enamoured of it. Then I heard Gail Archer and Colin Andrews play his work ... and I was hooked. It was unlike anything I've ever heard before. Do a search on his name on places like YouTube, Pandora,, etc. and give his music a listen.

As an example, here is Messiaen playing an improvisation on the Cavaillé-Coll at Église de la Ste.-Trinité in Paris.

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