Karlheinz Stockhausen

1928 - 2007

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Karlheinz Stockhausen (German: [kaʁlˈhaɪnts ˈʃtɔkhaʊzn̩] ; 22 August 1928 – 5 December 2007) was a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important but also controversial composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. He is known for his groundbreaking work in electronic music, having been called the "father of electronic music", for introducing controlled chance (aleatory techniques) into serial composition, and for musical spatialization. He was educated at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and the University of Cologne, later studying with Olivier Messiaen in Paris and with Werner Meyer-Eppler at the University of Bonn. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karlheinz Stockhausen has received more than 1,699,138 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Karlheinz Stockhausen is the 95th most popular composer (up from 127th in 2019), the 273rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 422nd in 2019) and the 19th most popular German Composer.

Karlheinz Stockhausen is a German composer and one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century. He is most famous for his pioneering work in electronic music and aleatoric (chance) music.

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Among composers, Karlheinz Stockhausen ranks 95 out of 1,451Before him are Luigi Boccherini, Pietro Mascagni, Olivier Messiaen, Guillaume Du Fay, Alma Mahler, and César Franck. After him are Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Léo Delibes, John Cage, Arvo Pärt, and Jacopo Peri.

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Among people born in 1928, Karlheinz Stockhausen ranks 17Before him are Serge Gainsbourg, James Watson, Chinghiz Aitmatov, Roger Vadim, Osamu Tezuka, and Philip K. Dick. After him are Rinus Michels, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Didi, Jeanne Moreau, Yves Klein, and Alexander Grothendieck. Among people deceased in 2007, Karlheinz Stockhausen ranks 6Before him are Ingmar Bergman, Boris Yeltsin, Luciano Pavarotti, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Kurt Waldheim. After him are Jean Baudrillard, Ève Curie, Marcel Marceau, Anna Nicole Smith, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Paul Tibbets.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Karlheinz Stockhausen ranks 273 out of 7,253Before him are John of Austria (1547), Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744), Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876), Wilhelm Pieck (1876), Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1691), and Michael Ende (1929). After him are Wilhelm Frick (1877), Lothar Matthäus (1961), Adolf Dassler (1900), Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers (1758), Max Horkheimer (1895), and Friedrich Schlegel (1772).

Among COMPOSERS In Germany

Among composers born in Germany, Karlheinz Stockhausen ranks 19Before 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). After him are Paul Hindemith (1895), Heinrich Schütz (1585), Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791), Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732), Fanny Mendelssohn (1805), and Max Bruch (1838).