Stephen Sondheim

1930 - Today

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Joshua Sondheim (; born March 22, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist known for his work in musical theatre. One of the most important figures in 20th-century musical theatre, 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 3,394,092 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 741st most popular composer.

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Among composers, Stephen Sondheim ranks 741 out of 1,008Before him are Xavier Montsalvatge, Ferenc Farkas, Matthew Locke, Anthony van Hoboken, Othmar Schoeck, and Silvestre Revueltas. After him are Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch, Julius Reubke, Frank Bridge, Elliott Carter, Giovanni Battista Bassani, and Joseph Jongen.

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Among people born in 1930, Stephen Sondheim ranks 226Before him are Stanley Myers, Gholamreza Takhti, Yuri Artyukhin, Antonio Saura, Lois Smith, and Pierre Vidal-Naquet. After him are Kjell Eugenio Laugerud García, Little Walter, Borislav Pekić, Walter Mischel, José María Zárraga, and John Astin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Stephen Sondheim ranks 3,553 out of 12,171Before him are Nolan Bushnell (1943), Peter Strauss (1947), Holland Smith (1882), Nancy Spungen (1958), Allen Iverson (1975), and Benjamin Apthorp Gould (1824). After him are Charles Starkweather (null), Kourtney Kardashian (1979), Sean Astin (1971), Little Walter (1930), Keir Dullea (1936), and Edith Roosevelt (1861).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Stephen Sondheim ranks 38Before him are Alex North (1910), Michael Kamen (1948), Dave Grusin (1934), Basil Poledouris (1945), La Monte Young (1935), and Harold Arlen (1905). After him are Elliott Carter (1908), George Crumb (1929), Thomas Newman (1955), Amy Beach (1867), Jerome Kern (1885), and Edward MacDowell (1860).