Alfred Deller

1912 - 1979

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Alfred George Deller, CBE (31 May 1912 – 16 July 1979), was an English singer and one of the main figures in popularising the return of the countertenor voice in Renaissance and Baroque music during the 20th century. He is sometimes referred to as the "godfather of the countertenor". His style in singing lute song, with extensive use of rubato and extemporised ornamentation, was seen as radical and controversial in his day but is now considered the norm. Deller was an influential figure in the renaissance of early music: an early proponent of "original instrument performance" and one of the first to bring this form to the popular consciousness through his broadcasts on the BBC. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alfred Deller has received more than 97,675 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Alfred Deller is the 667th most popular singer (up from 700th in 2019), the 2,208th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 80th most popular British Singer.

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Among singers, Alfred Deller ranks 667 out of 3,541Before him are Keith Flint, Julie London, Conchita Wurst, Rocío Jurado, Karl Davydov, and Angelo Branduardi. After him are George Clinton, Fud Leclerc, Sena Jurinac, Francesco Guccini, Lev Leshchenko, and Dee Snider.

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Among people born in 1912, Alfred Deller ranks 151Before him are Vladimir Bakarić, Ichiji Otani, Günter Wand, Andre Norton, Romain Maes, and Nie Er. After him are Luiz Gonzaga, Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Michele Andreolo, Rudolf Vytlačil, Alfred Schwarzmann, and Keisuke Kinoshita. Among people deceased in 1979, Alfred Deller ranks 111Before him are Catherine Hessling, Ján Kadár, Vsevolod Bobrov, George Seaton, Antun Augustinčić, and Ferenc Nagy. After him are Lothar Wolleh, Katharine Burr Blodgett, Ethel Smith, Georges Florovsky, Leonid Bykov, and Ted Cassidy.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Alfred Deller ranks 2,208 out of 6,924Before him are Rædwald of East Anglia (550), Ralph H. Fowler (1889), Barbara Hepworth (1903), David Trimble (1944), Lily Collins (1989), and Olivia Colman (1974). After him are Mark Rylance (1960), Richard Baxter (1615), Jimmy Greaves (1940), Mark Williams (1959), John Robison (1739), and John Stott (1921).

Among SINGERS In United Kingdom

Among singers born in United Kingdom, Alfred Deller ranks 80Before him are Christine McVie (1943), Sandie Shaw (1947), Adele (1988), Liam Payne (1993), Jimmy Somerville (1961), and Keith Flint (1969). After him are Alan Lancaster (1949), Peter Pears (1910), Paul Potts (1970), Paul Young (1956), Kevin Ayers (1944), and Fish (1958).