Carl Orff

1895 - 1982

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Carl Heinrich Maria Orff (German: [ɔʁf]; 10 July 1895 – 29 March 1982) was a German composer and music educator, who composed the cantata Carmina Burana (1937). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carl Orff has received more than 1,396,804 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Carl Orff is the 55th most popular composer (down from 50th in 2019), the 132nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 111th in 2019) and the 12th most popular German Composer.

Carl Orff is most famous for his "Carmina Burana" which is a work of choral music that was written in 1937.

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Among composers, Carl Orff ranks 55 out of 1,451Before him are Aram Khachaturian, Tomaso Albinoni, Domenico Scarlatti, Camille Saint-Saëns, Antonio Salieri, and Orlande de Lassus. After him are Erik Satie, Georg Philipp Telemann, Arnold Schoenberg, Vangelis, Henry Purcell, and Astor Piazzolla.

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Among people born in 1895, Carl Orff ranks 4Before him are George VI, Juan Perón, and Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia. After him are Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Amin al-Husseini, Buster Keaton, Richard Sorge, Ernst Jünger, Wilm Hosenfeld, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and Max Horkheimer. Among people deceased in 1982, Carl Orff ranks 8Before him are Grace Kelly, Leonid Brezhnev, Ayn Rand, Romy Schneider, Ingrid Bergman, and Henry Fonda. After him are Roman Jakobson, Arthur Rubinstein, Philip K. Dick, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, and Anna Freud.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Carl Orff ranks 132 out of 7,253Before him are Lothair I (795), Queen Silvia of Sweden (1943), Heinrich Böll (1917), Michel Ney (1769), Walter Gropius (1883), and Erik Erikson (1902). After him are George I of Great Britain (1660), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681), Baron Munchausen (1720), Max von Laue (1879), Christian IX of Denmark (1818), and Meister Eckhart (1260).

Among COMPOSERS In Germany

Among composers born in Germany, Carl Orff ranks 12Before him are Johannes Brahms (1833), Felix Mendelssohn (1809), Jacques Offenbach (1819), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), Richard Strauss (1864), and Carl Maria von Weber (1786). After him are Georg Philipp Telemann (1681), Johann Christian Bach (1735), Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714), Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710), Hans Zimmer (1957), and Johann Pachelbel (1653).