[ mes-yahn ]
/ mɛsˈyɑ̃ /
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O·li·vier Eu·gène Pros·per Charles [aw-lee-vyey œ-zhen praw-sper sharl], /ɔ liˈvyeɪ œˈʒɛn prɔˈspɛr ʃarl/, 1908–92, French composer and organist.
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/ (French mɛsjɑ̃) /
Olivier (ɔlivje). 1908–92, French composer and organist. His music is distinguished by its rhythmic intricacy; he was influenced by Hindu and Greek rhythms and bird song
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