Pierre Boulez

1925 - 2016

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Pierre Louis Joseph Boulez (French pronunciation: [pjɛʁ lwi ʒozεf bulɛz]; 26 March 1925 – 5 January 2016) was a French composer, conductor and writer, and the founder of several musical institutions. He was one of the dominant figures of post-war contemporary classical music. Born in Montbrison, in the Loire department of France, the son of an engineer, Boulez studied at the Conservatoire de Paris with Olivier Messiaen, and privately with Andrée Vaurabourg and René Leibowitz. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pierre Boulez has received more than 1,255,893 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Pierre Boulez is the 153rd most popular composer (down from 137th in 2019), the 716th most popular biography from France (down from 605th in 2019) and the 28th most popular French Composer.

Pierre Boulez is a French composer and conductor who was one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. He is most famous for his work as a conductor, but he also composed many works for orchestra, chorus, and solo instruments.

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Among composers, Pierre Boulez ranks 153 out of 1,451Before him are John Barry, Darius Milhaud, Ottorino Respighi, Adrian Willaert, Enrique Granados, and Iannis Xenakis. After him are Michel Legrand, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Vincenzo Galilei, Michael Haydn, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, and Ferruccio Busoni.

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Among people born in 1925, Pierre Boulez ranks 38Before him are Simon van der Meer, Frantz Fanon, Ernst Happel, Paul Mauriat, Peter Brook, and Oona O'Neill. After him are Bert Hellinger, Gerald Durrell, George Kennedy, Sam Peckinpah, Maya Plisetskaya, and Zvi Zamir. Among people deceased in 2016, Pierre Boulez ranks 32Before him are Bernardo Provenzano, Gabriele Amorth, Alvin Toffler, Elie Wiesel, Carrie Fisher, and Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. After him are Andrzej Żuławski, Walter Scheel, Gene Wilder, John Glenn, Harper Lee, and George Kennedy.

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In France

Among people born in France, Pierre Boulez ranks 716 out of 6,770Before him are David Guetta (1967), Madame Roland (1754), Charles III, Duke of Bourbon (1490), Charles, Duke of Vendôme (1489), Robert Hossein (1927), and Gilbert Bécaud (1927). After him are Nadia Boulanger (1887), Samuel de Champlain (1567), Michel Legrand (1932), Robert Bresson (1901), Jean Meslier (1664), and Michèle Mercier (1939).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Pierre Boulez ranks 28Before him are Pérotin (1160), Marin Marais (1656), Édouard Lalo (1823), Paul Dukas (1865), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760), and Darius Milhaud (1892). After him are Michel Legrand (1932), Léonin (1135), Francis Lai (1932), Philippe de Vitry (1291), Pauline Viardot (1821), and Lili Boulanger (1893).