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Stephen Sondheim

1930 - 2021

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Stephen Joshua Sondheim (; March 22, 1930 – November 26, 2021) was an American composer and lyricist. Regarded as one of the most important figures in 20th-century musical theater, he is credited for reinventing the American musical. With his frequent collaborations with Harold Prince and James Lapine, Sondheim's Broadway musicals tackled unexpected themes that ranged beyond the genre's traditional subjects, while addressing darker elements of the human experience. His music and lyrics were tinged with complexity, sophistication, and ambivalence about various aspects of life.Sondheim's interest in musical theater began at a young age, and he was mentored by Oscar Hammerstein II. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stephen Sondheim has received more than 8,631,293 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Stephen Sondheim is the 375th most popular composer (up from 720th in 2019), the 1,810th most popular biography from United States (up from 3,450th in 2019) and the 21st most popular American Composer.

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Among composers, Stephen Sondheim ranks 375 out of 1,216Before him are Hans Richter, Francesco Gasparini, Joseph Kosma, Alfredo Catalani, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, and Georg Benda. After him are Carl Heinrich Graun, Mauricio Kagel, Wojciech Kilar, Germaine Tailleferre, Klaus Schulze, and Yo-Yo Ma.

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Among people born in 1930, Stephen Sondheim ranks 107Before him are Hilderaldo Bellini, Robert Loggia, Son Sen, José Sarney, Colin Dexter, and Nguyễn Ngọc Loan. After him are Tom Wolfe, J. G. Ballard, Vilma Espín, Mauro Ramos, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Philippe Leroy. Among people deceased in 2021, Stephen Sondheim ranks 112Before him are Igor Oistrakh, Carolyn S. Shoemaker, Christa Ludwig, Kurt Westergaard, Toshihide Maskawa, and Nino Castelnuovo. After him are Djivan Gasparyan, Marion Ramsey, Kenneth Kaunda, Franco Battiato, Christian Boltanski, and Jimmy Greaves.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Stephen Sondheim ranks 1,810 out of 18,182Before him are Mitt Romney (1947), Ralph Macchio (1961), Saul Kripke (1940), Arthur Danto (1924), Robert Moog (1934), and Ira Levin (1929). After him are Isaac Hayes (1942), Don Rosa (1951), Martin Rodbell (1925), Lucy Liu (1968), Fred Phelps (1929), and R. Kelly (1967).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Stephen Sondheim ranks 21Before him are Alan Silvestri (1950), Bernard Herrmann (1911), Angelo Badalamenti (1937), Leroy Anderson (1908), Elmer Bernstein (1922), and Alfred Newman (1900). After him are Terry Riley (1935), Michael Kamen (1948), Richard Rodgers (1902), George Crumb (1929), Bill Conti (1942), and Paul Bowles (1910).