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Stephen Sondheim

1930 - Today

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Stephen Joshua Sondheim (; born March 22, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist known for his work in musical theater. One of the most important figures in 20th-century theater, Sondheim has been praised for having “reinvented the American musical" with shows that tackle "unexpected themes that range far beyond the [genre's] traditional subjects" with "music and lyrics of unprecedented complexity and sophistication." His shows have been acclaimed for addressing "darker, more harrowing elements of the human experience," with songs often tinged with "ambivalence" about various aspects of life. His best-known works as composer and lyricist include, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), and Into the Woods (1987). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stephen Sondheim has received more than 4,129,204 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Stephen Sondheim is the 720th most popular composer (up from 741st in 2019), the 3,451st most popular biography from United States (up from 3,550th in 2019) and the 43rd most popular American Composer.

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Among COMPOSERS

Among composers, Stephen Sondheim ranks 720 out of 1,228Before him are Václav Tomášek, Gabriel Yared, Johann Caspar Kerll, Charles Tournemire, La Monte Young, and Franz Anton Hoffmeister. After him are Joseph Hellmesberger Jr., Moritz Hauptmann, Charles Villiers Stanford, André Caplet, František Brixi, and Giovanni Animuccia.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1930, Stephen Sondheim ranks 206Before him are Hussain Muhammad Ershad, Svatopluk Pluskal, Gregory Corso, Stanley Myers, Boris Parygin, and Juan Gelman. After him are Paul Mazursky, Naomi Shemer, Károly Grósz, Richie Ginther, Jan P. Syse, and Paul Poupard.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Stephen Sondheim ranks 3,451 out of 15,968Before him are Tom Welling (1977), David Hedison (1927), Don Alden Adams (1925), Maceo Parker (1943), Jack Cassidy (1927), and Ralph Linton (1893). After him are Paul Volcker (1927), Kate Walsh (1967), Imogen Cunningham (1883), Paul Mazursky (1930), Christopher Cross (1951), and Henry Hill (1943).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Stephen Sondheim ranks 43Before him are Sun Ra (1914), Basil Poledouris (1945), Harold Arlen (1905), Dave Grusin (1934), Thomas Newman (1955), and La Monte Young (1935). After him are Elliott Carter (1908), Amy Beach (1867), Edward MacDowell (1860), George Crumb (1929), Marvin Hamlisch (1944), and Charles Wuorinen (1938).