Pierre Schaeffer

1910 - 1995

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Pierre Henri Marie Schaeffer (English pronunciation: (listen), French pronunciation: ​[ʃɛfɛʁ]; 14 August 1910 – 19 August 1995) was a French composer, writer, broadcaster, engineer, musicologist, acoustician and founder of Groupe de Recherche de Musique Concrète (GRMC). His innovative work in both the sciences—particularly communications and acoustics—and the various arts of music, literature and radio presentation after the end of World War II, as well as his anti-nuclear activism and cultural criticism garnered him widespread recognition in his lifetime. Amongst the vast range of works and projects he undertook, Schaeffer is most widely and currently recognized for his accomplishments in electronic and experimental music, at the core of which stands his role as the chief developer of a unique and early form of avant-garde music known as musique concrète. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pierre Schaeffer has received more than 329,677 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Pierre Schaeffer is the 215th most popular composer (up from 237th in 2019), the 984th most popular biography from France (up from 1,056th in 2019) and the 35th most popular French Composer.

Pierre Schaeffer is most famous for his work in musique concrète, which is a form of music made by manipulating recordings of natural sounds.

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Among composers, Pierre Schaeffer ranks 215 out of 1,228Before him are Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, Leonardo Vinci, Pauline Viardot, Pietro Locatelli, and Eugène Ysaÿe. After him are Andrew Lloyd Webber, Johann Mattheson, Francesca Caccini, Johan Halvorsen, Niels Gade, and Komitas.

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Among people born in 1910, Pierre Schaeffer ranks 37Before him are Jean Anouilh, Eero Saarinen, Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Momofuku Ando, Robert van Gulik, and Ludwig Stumpfegger. After him are Galina Ulanova, Michel Aflaq, August Landmesser, Meša Selimović, Erich Kempka, and Edvard Kardelj. Among people deceased in 1995, Pierre Schaeffer ranks 36Before him are Don Cherry, Lana Turner, Hugo Pratt, Souphanouvong, William Alfred Fowler, and John Vincent Atanasoff. After him are Ștefan Kovács, Christian B. Anfinsen, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Aziz Nesin, Rory Gallagher, and Roger Zelazny.

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In France

Among people born in France, Pierre Schaeffer ranks 984 out of 5,234Before him are Henry I of Navarre (1244), Jacques Rivette (1928), Jean Vigo (1905), Jean Bart (1650), Charles François Dumouriez (1739), and Suzanne Lenglen (1899). After him are Odo the Great (650), Antoine Arnauld (1612), Claudine Auger (1941), Danielle Darrieux (1917), Eleanor of Provence (1223), and Jules Renard (1864).

Among COMPOSERS In France

Among composers born in France, Pierre Schaeffer ranks 35Before him are Marin Marais (1656), Édouard Lalo (1823), Philippe de Vitry (1291), Francis Lai (1932), Lili Boulanger (1893), and Pauline Viardot (1821). After him are Albert Roussel (1869), Jaufre Rudel (1125), Jacques Ibert (1890), Ernest Chausson (1855), Charles-Marie Widor (1844), and Georges Auric (1899).