Iannis Xenakis

1922 - 2001

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Giannis Klearchou Xenakis (also spelled for professional purposes as Yannis or Iannis Xenakis; Greek: Γιάννης "Ιάννης" Κλέαρχου Ξενάκης, pronounced [ˈʝanis kseˈnacis]; 29 May 1922 – 4 February 2001) was a Romanian-born Greek-French avant-garde composer, music theorist, architect, performance director and engineer. After 1947, he fled Greece, becoming a naturalised citizen of France eighteen years later. Xenakis pioneered the use of mathematical models in music such as applications of set theory, stochastic processes and game theory and was also an important influence on the development of electronic and computer music. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Iannis Xenakis has received more than 592,550 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Iannis Xenakis is the 139th most popular composer (up from 148th in 2019), the 26th most popular biography from Romania (up from 31st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Romanian Composer.

Iannis Xenakis is most famous for his use of mathematical models in his compositions. He was also a pioneer in the field of electronic music.

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Among composers, Iannis Xenakis ranks 139 out of 1,228Before him are Maurice Jarre, Paul Dukas, Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Manuel de Falla. After him are Henry Mancini, Philip Glass, Kurt Weill, Johann Ambrosius Bach, Scott Joplin, and Darius Milhaud.

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Among people born in 1922, Iannis Xenakis ranks 26Before him are Doris Day, Kurt Vonnegut, Christiaan Barnard, Stanley Cohen, Imre Lakatos, and Alain Resnais. After him are Philip Larkin, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Otto Carius, Telly Savalas, Agostinho Neto, and Jason Robards. Among people deceased in 2001, Iannis Xenakis ranks 14Before him are Herbert A. Simon, Sabiha Gökçen, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiary, Jack Lemmon, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and Christiaan Barnard. After him are Ahmad Shah Massoud, Ernst Gombrich, William Hanna, Fred Hoyle, Robert Ludlum, and Laurent-Désiré Kabila.

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In Romania

Among people born in Romania, Iannis Xenakis ranks 26 out of 572Before him are Paul Celan (1920), Stephen III of Moldavia (1433), György Ligeti (1923), Ion Iliescu (1930), Herta Müller (1953), and Theodoric I (393). After him are Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej (1901), Jacob L. Moreno (1889), Elie Wiesel (1928), Bela Lugosi (1882), George Enescu (1881), and János Bolyai (1802).

Among COMPOSERS In Romania

Among composers born in Romania, Iannis Xenakis ranks 3Before him are Béla Bartók (1881) and György Ligeti (1923). After him are George Enescu (1881), Ion Ivanovici (1845), György Kurtág (1926), Vladimir Cosma (1940), Bálint Bakfark (1507), Péter Eötvös (1944), and Sándor Veress (1907).