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Question 1: In 1962 his travels took him to Japan, where Gagaku music and ________ theatre inspired him to compose the orchestral "Japanese sketches", Sept haïkaï, which contain stylised imitations of traditional Japanese instruments.

Question 2: His many distinguished pupils included ________ and Yvonne Loriod (who later became Messiaen's second wife).
Pierre BoulezLeonard BernsteinDaniel BarenboimGyörgy Ligeti

Question 3:
Where did Olivier Messiaen die?

Question 4:
When was Olivier Messiaen born?

Question 5: Among Messiaen's early students at the Conservatoire were the composers ________ and Karel Goeyvaerts, and the pianist Yvonne Loriod.
Pierre BoulezDaniel BarenboimGyörgy LigetiOlivier Messiaen

Question 6:
Where was Olivier Messiaen born?
Wednesbury, England
Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
Avignon, France

Question 7:
How is Olivier Messiaen described?
French composer, organist, and ornithologist
American ornithologist
German inventor, professor, botanist, entomologist and ornithologist
Vicar, ornithologist, entomologist, and author

Question 8:
When did Olivier Messiaen die?

Question 9: His style absorbed many exotic musical influences such as Indonesian ________ (tuned percussion often features prominently in his orchestral works), and he also championed the ondes Martenot.
KecakAngklungGamelanGamelan jegog

Question 10: This is partly due to the ________ of his technique—for instance the modes of limited transposition do not admit the conventional cadences found in western classical music.
SymmetryEuclidean groupSymmetry (physics)Group (mathematics)


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