Olivier Messiaen.

Olivier Messiaen is regarded by many as the most important classical composer of the 20th century.

It’s a question of personal taste and temperament of course: we have Shostakovich, the amenable poet laureate of Russian nationalism, Stravinsky, vibrant with early paganism and later neo classicism and there’s Bartok’s folk music inspired originality. There are many other contenders.

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