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Harrison Birtwistle

1934 - 2022

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Sir Harrison Birtwistle (15 July 1934 – 18 April 2022) was an English composer of contemporary classical music best known for his operas, often based on mythological subjects. Among his many compositions, his better known works include The Triumph of Time (1972) and the operas The Mask of Orpheus (1986), Gawain (1991), and The Minotaur (2008). The last of these was ranked by music critics at The Guardian in 2019 as the third-best piece of the 21st century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harrison Birtwistle has received more than 297,515 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Harrison Birtwistle is the 1,164th most popular composer (down from 1,077th in 2019), the 3,695th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 3,567th in 2019) and the 61st most popular British Composer.

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Among composers, Harrison Birtwistle ranks 1,164 out of 1,216Before him are Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Alberto Nepomuceno, David Arnold, William Schuman, Gerald Finzi, and Fred Frith. After him are Milton Babbitt, Leo Ornstein, Knudåge Riisager, John Ireland, Adolph Deutsch, and Mark Snow.

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Among people born in 1934, Harrison Birtwistle ranks 357Before him are Mário de Araújo Cabral, Joseph Bologna, Joyce Van Patten, Mikio Aoki, Martin Bangemann, and Michael May. After him are Giorgio Bassi, Steve Lacy, Zacarias Kamwenho, Mark Strand, Timothy West, and C. N. R. Rao. Among people deceased in 2022, Harrison Birtwistle ranks 309Before him are Regimantas Adomaitis, Franco Frattini, Rafael Chimishkyan, Henry Lincoln, Martin Bangemann, and Leslie Phillips. After him are Víctor Benítez, Antonio Martino, Lodewijk van den Berg, Manuel Göttsching, Alzhan Zharmukhamedov, and Ramsey Lewis.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Harrison Birtwistle ranks 3,695 out of 7,765Before him are Kenneth Cranham (1944), Fred Frith (1949), Margaret Leighton (1922), Peter Ackroyd (1949), Leslie Phillips (1924), and Stafford Cripps (1889). After him are Edwin Long (1829), Malcolm Muggeridge (1903), John Major (1467), Hugh Clapperton (1788), Curt Smith (1961), and Ray Park (1974).

Among COMPOSERS In United Kingdom

Among composers born in United Kingdom, Harrison Birtwistle ranks 61Before him are Thomas Morley (1557), Havergal Brian (1876), Craig Armstrong (1959), David Arnold (1962), Gerald Finzi (1901), and Fred Frith (1949). After him are John Ireland (1879), Adolph Deutsch (1897), Thomas Tomkins (1572), Maurice Greene (1696), Samuel Arnold (1740), and Henry Lawes (1595).