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Karlheinz Stockhausen

1928 - 2007

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Karlheinz Stockhausen (German: [kaʁlˈhaɪnts ˈʃtɔkhaʊzn̩] (listen); 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, 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 1,477,300 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Karlheinz Stockhausen is the 127th most popular composer (down from 108th in 2019), the 422nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 311th in 2019) and the 23rd 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 127 out of 1,216Before him are Anton Rubinstein, György Ligeti, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Domenico Cimarosa, Pérotin, and Krzysztof Penderecki. After him are Carl Nielsen, Johannes Ockeghem, Paul Dukas, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Maurice Jarre, and Émile Jaques-Dalcroze.

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Among people born in 1928, Karlheinz Stockhausen ranks 27Before him are Roger Vadim, Jean-Marie Le Pen, Alvin Toffler, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Agnès Varda, and Alexander Grothendieck. After him are Kim Yong-nam, Elie Wiesel, George Peppard, James Coburn, Queen Fabiola of Belgium, and Martin Landau. Among people deceased in 2007, Karlheinz Stockhausen ranks 13Before him are Marcel Marceau, Kurt Waldheim, Carlo Ponti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Ève Curie, and Paul Tibbets. After him are Kurt Vonnegut, Albert Ellis, Sidney Sheldon, Maurice Béjart, Benazir Bhutto, and Deborah Kerr.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Karlheinz Stockhausen ranks 422 out of 6,142Before him are Julius von Mayer (1814), Frederica of Hanover (1917), Caroline of Baden (1776), Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers (1758), Hans Krebs (1898), and Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1864). After him are Wolfram von Eschenbach (1170), Hans Fritzsche (1900), Ernst Abbe (1840), Gerhard Richter (1932), Oskar Dirlewanger (1895), and Julius Lothar Meyer (1830).

Among COMPOSERS In Germany

Among composers born in Germany, Karlheinz Stockhausen ranks 23Before him are Hans Zimmer (1957), Paul Hindemith (1895), Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710), Heinrich Schütz (1585), Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791), and Max Bruch (1838). After him are Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732), Fanny Mendelssohn (1805), Kurt Weill (1900), Johann Ambrosius Bach (1645), Louis Spohr (1784), and Max Reger (1873).