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Olivier Messiaen 1908-1992 Timeline 1908 – Born in Avignon (December 11) 1914 – Father joins army/moves with mother and brother to Grenoble 1919 – Family moves to Paris/studies at the Paris Conservatoire with Dupré, Dukas, Emmanuel, and Widor 1931 – Becomes organist at the church of La Trinité in Paris 1932 – Marries Claire Delbos 1936 – “La Jeune France” 1937 – Birth of son, Pascal/O Sacrum Convivium! 1939 – Called to military service as medical auxiliary 1940 – Taken prisoner of war/Quatuor pour la fin du temps 1944 – Wrote “Technique de mon langage musical” 1959 – Death of first wife 1961 – Marries Yvonne Loriod 1966 – Becomes professor of composition at Paris Conservatoire (lots of composing/teaching until…) 1992 – Messiaen dies (April 28) O Sacrum Convivium O Sacred Banquet O sacrum convivium, O sacred banquet, in quo Christus sumitur: in which Christ is received, recolitur memoria passionis the memory of His Passion is eius; renewed, mens impletur gratia et the mind is filled with grace, futurae gloriae nobis pignus and a pledge of future glory is datur. given to us. O sacred banquet! in which Christ is received: the memory of His Passion is renewed; the mind is filled with grace, the mind is filled with grace. O sacred, sacred… sacred, sacred, O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us, Alleluia. O sacred, sacred banquet! Bibliography Hill, Peter, ed. The Messiaen Companion. Portland: Amadeus P, 1994. Glasow, E Thomas, trans. Olivier Messiaen: Music and Color, Conversations with Claude Samuel. Portland: Amadeus P, 1986. Johnson, Robert S. Messiaen. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California P, 1975. Hill, Peter and Nigel Simeone. Messiaen. New Haven and London: Yale UP, 2005. "O Sacred Banquet (O Sacrum Convivium)." Society of St. Pius X, District of Great Britain. 2005. 19 Apr. 2006 <http://www.sspx.co.uk/prayers.php?id=203>. "Olivier Messiaen." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 24 Apr 2006, 09:36 UTC. 26 Apr 2006, 09:04 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Olivier_Messiaen&oldid=49894440>. London Sinfonietta. "O Sacrum Convivium!" By Olivier Messiaen. Rec. Aug. 1990. Messiaen: Trois Petites Liturgies. Virgin Classics Limited.