Karl Richter

1926 - 1981

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Karl Richter (15 October 1926 – 15 February 1981) was a German conductor, choirmaster, organist, and harpsichordist. Karl Richter was born in Plauen to Christian Johannes Richter, a Protestant pastor, and Clara Hedwig Richter. He studied first in Dresden, where he was a member of the Dresdner Kreuzchor and later in Leipzig, where he received his degree in 1949. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Richter has received more than 25,961 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia. Karl Richter is the 351st most popular composer (down from 349th in 2019), the 1,423rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,342nd in 2019) and the 52nd most popular German Composer.

Karl Richter was a German conductor who was most famous for conducting a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in front of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

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Among composers, Karl Richter ranks 351 out of 1,451Before him are György Kurtág, Louis Marchand, Elmer Bernstein, Sergei Taneyev, Johann Kuhnau, and Germaine Tailleferre. After him are Vladimir Cosma, Josef Rheinberger, Hugo Riemann, Ichirou Mizuki, Michel Richard Delalande, and Jacobus Gallus.

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Among people born in 1926, Karl Richter ranks 91Before him are Gus Grissom, Poul Anderson, Joan Sutherland, György Kurtág, Joachim Fest, and James Stirling. After him are Hugo Banzer, Patricia Neal, David H. Hubel, Siegfried Lenz, Alan Greenspan, and László Papp. Among people deceased in 1981, Karl Richter ranks 45Before him are Leo Kanner, Alberto Suppici, Bill Shankly, Bill Haley, Lotte Lenya, and Gyula Lóránt. After him are Stefan Wyszyński, Bernard Lee, Rómulo Betancourt, Duško Popov, Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai, and Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Karl Richter ranks 1,423 out of 7,253Before him are Ralf Rangnick (1958), Hartmann Schedel (1440), Hartmann von Aue (1160), Eduard Spranger (1882), Johann Kuhnau (1660), and Michael Wolgemut (1434). After him are Erdoğan Atalay (1966), Princess Adelgunde of Bavaria (1823), Infanta Marie Anne of Portugal (1861), Helmut Schön (1915), Emil du Bois-Reymond (1818), and Jürgen Grabowski (1944).

Among COMPOSERS In Germany

Among composers born in Germany, Karl Richter ranks 52Before him are Georg Böhm (1661), Klaus Schulze (1947), Christian Gottlob Neefe (1748), Johann Schein (1586), Hans Leo Hassler (1564), and Johann Kuhnau (1660). After him are Hugo Riemann (1849), Samuel Scheidt (1587), Wolfgang Wagner (1919), Carl Heinrich Graun (1704), Johann Georg Pisendel (1687), and Nicolaus Bruhns (1665).