Terry Riley

1935 - Today

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Terrence Mitchell Riley (born June 24, 1935), is an American composer and performing musician best known as a pioneer of the minimalist school of composition. Influenced by jazz and Indian classical music, his music became notable for its innovative use of repetition, tape music techniques, and delay systems. He produced his best known works in the 1960s: the 1964 composition In C and the 1969 LP A Rainbow in Curved Air, both considered landmarks of minimalism and important influences on experimental, rock, and contemporary electronic music.Raised in California, Riley began studying composition and performing solo piano in the 1950s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Terry Riley has received more than 692,379 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Terry Riley is the 464th most popular composer (up from 527th in 2019), the 2,188th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,306th in 2019) and the 25th most popular American Composer.

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Among composers, Terry Riley ranks 464 out of 1,228Before him are Robert Stolz, Vasily Kalinnikov, Agostino Steffani, Gian Francesco Malipiero, Simon Mayr, and Neville Marriner. After him are Riz Ortolani, Maurice Duruflé, Giovanni Pacini, Johann Christoph Bach, Florent Schmitt, and Giacinto Scelsi.

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Among people born in 1935, Terry Riley ranks 103Before him are Vladislav Volkov, Jan Saudek, Ron Paul, Thomas Keneally, Richard Kuklinski, and David Lodge. After him are Jack Kemp, Jack Charlton, Charles Duke, Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr, Luis del Sol, and Peter Schreier.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Terry Riley ranks 2,188 out of 15,968Before him are Roberta Flack (1937), Blythe Danner (1943), Prescott Bush (1895), Aaron Russo (1943), Alben W. Barkley (1877), and David Woodard (1964). After him are Elijah Wood (1981), Jack Kemp (1935), Robert Morris (1931), Chris Gardner (1954), Geraldine Page (1924), and James Montgomery Flagg (1877).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Terry Riley ranks 25Before him are Alan Silvestri (1950), Alfred Newman (1900), Elmer Bernstein (1922), Carmine Coppola (1910), Richard Rodgers (1902), and James Newton Howard (1951). After him are Morton Feldman (1926), Bill Conti (1942), Stephen Foster (1826), Paul Bowles (1910), Danny Elfman (1953), and Alex North (1910).