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Pierre Boulez

1925 - 2016

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Pierre Louis Joseph Boulez (French: [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 Western 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 1,088,495 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Pierre Boulez is the 137th most popular composer (down from 127th in 2019), the 606th most popular biography from France (down from 517th in 2019) and the 23rd 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 137 out of 1,216Before him are Heitor Villa-Lobos, Maurice Jarre, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Iannis Xenakis, César Cui, and Emmerich Kálmán. After him are Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Michel Legrand, Léonin, Fanny Mendelssohn, Tomás Luis de Victoria, and Gregorio Allegri.

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Among people born in 1925, Pierre Boulez ranks 28Before him are Peter Sellers, Rock Hudson, Giorgio Napolitano, Frantz Fanon, Angela Lansbury, and Michel Piccoli. After him are Maya Plisetskaya, Robert Edwards, Douglas Engelbart, Ananda Mahidol, Paul Mauriat, and Nílton Santos. Among people deceased in 2016, Pierre Boulez ranks 28Before him are Jerome Bruner, João Havelange, Alvin Toffler, Elie Wiesel, Prince, and Harper Lee. After him are John Glenn, Andrzej Żuławski, Carrie Fisher, Nancy Reagan, Věra Čáslavská, and Bernardo Provenzano.

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In France

Among people born in France, Pierre Boulez ranks 606 out of 6,011Before him are Adrien-Marie Legendre (1752), Pasquale Paoli (1725), Guy Debord (1931), Michel Piccoli (1925), François Fénelon (1651), and Henri Barbusse (1873). After him are Marie of Anjou (1404), Albert Uderzo (1927), Isabelle Adjani (1955), Pierre Bonnard (1867), Charles, Duke of Vendôme (1489), and Francis Picabia (1879).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Pierre Boulez ranks 23Before him are Francis Poulenc (1899), Adolphe Adam (1803), Arthur Honegger (1892), Pérotin (1160), Paul Dukas (1865), and Maurice Jarre (1924). After him are Michel Legrand (1932), Léonin (1135), Daniel Auber (1782), Darius Milhaud (1892), Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle (1760), and Édouard Lalo (1823).