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, for introducing controlled chance (aleatory techniques or aleatoric musical 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 1,180,824 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Karlheinz Stockhausen is the 108th most popular composer (up from 117th in 2019), the 311th most popular biography from Germany (up from 345th in 2019) and the 22nd 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 108 out of 1,228Before him are Krzysztof Penderecki, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Paul Hindemith, Benjamin Britten, Heinrich Schütz, and Hans Zimmer. After him are Alma Mahler, Francis Poulenc, Johannes Ockeghem, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Joaquín Rodrigo, and Giulio Caccini.

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Among people born in 1928, Karlheinz Stockhausen ranks 20Before him are Rinus Michels, Shirley Temple, Osamu Tezuka, Didi, Yves Klein, and Jeanne Moreau. After him are Alvin Toffler, Roger Vadim, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Agnès Varda, Zbigniew Brzezinski, and James Coburn. Among people deceased in 2007, Karlheinz Stockhausen ranks 7Before him are Boris Yeltsin, Luciano Pavarotti, Ingmar Bergman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Kurt Waldheim, and Jean Baudrillard. After him are Carlo Ponti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kurt Vonnegut, Mohammed Zahir Shah, Marcel Marceau, and Paul Tibbets.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Karlheinz Stockhausen ranks 311 out of 5,289Before him are Frederick I of Sweden (1676), Heinrich Mann (1871), Ulrike Meinhof (1934), Hans Zimmer (1957), Baldur von Schirach (1907), and Heinrich Müller (1900). After him are Christian III of Denmark (1503), Otto Lilienthal (1848), Hans Eysenck (1916), Fritz Sauckel (1894), Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486), and Emil Kraepelin (1856).

Among COMPOSERS In Germany

Among composers born in Germany, Karlheinz Stockhausen ranks 22Before him are Johann Christian Bach (1735), Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791), Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710), Paul Hindemith (1895), Heinrich Schütz (1585), and Hans Zimmer (1957). After him are Max Bruch (1838), Kurt Weill (1900), Johann Ambrosius Bach (1645), Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732), Fanny Mendelssohn (1805), and Johann Adolph Hasse (1699).