Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) is known for his unique composition style. Incorporating complex rhythms, harmony, melodies and his passion for ornithology, his Vocalise-Étude for high Voice and Piano is no exception to the composer's popular, distinctive style.
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) was admitted to the Paris Conservatoire at the mere age of 11, where he won many prizes. As a passionate ornithologist, as well as organist and composer, many of Messiaen's works also depict bird song. Vocalise-Étude composed in 1935, does not have lyrics, but addresses breath control, intervals, phrasing, range, complex rhythms and chromaticism. Vocalise-Étude is essential to all advanced vocalists seeking to progress and improve their technique.