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Terry Riley

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Terrence Mitchell "Terry" 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. His best known works are the 1964 composition In C and the 1969 LP A Rainbow in Curved Air, both considered landmarks of minimalism and important influences on experimental music, 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 743,508 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Terry Riley is the 401st most popular composer (up from 464th in 2019), the 1,939th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,187th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular American Composer.

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Among composers, Terry Riley ranks 401 out of 1,216Before him are Johannes Tinctoris, Anatoly Lyadov, Bernardo Pasquini, John Koukouzelis, Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco, and Józef Elsner. After him are Jacob Clemens non Papa, Wolfgang Wagner, Charles Koechlin, André Jolivet, Johann van Beethoven, and Maria Szymanowska.

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Among people born in 1935, Terry Riley ranks 78Before him are Zhelyu Zhelev, Bent Larsen, Seiji Ozawa, António Ramalho Eanes, Gene Vincent, and Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. After him are Roger B. Chaffee, Lyudmila Gurchenko, Jack Welch, Jack Kemp, Serge Klarsfeld, and Brian Clough.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Terry Riley ranks 1,939 out of 18,182Before him are Frank Wilczek (1951), Gore Vidal (1925), Jason Momoa (1979), David Woodard (1964), Sydney Chaplin (1926), and Dan Inosanto (1936). After him are Busta Rhymes (1972), Frank Zane (1942), Sam Elliott (1944), Alexander Shulgin (1925), Garry Marshall (1934), and Jessica Chastain (1977).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, Terry Riley ranks 22Before him are Bernard Herrmann (1911), Angelo Badalamenti (1937), Leroy Anderson (1908), Elmer Bernstein (1922), Alfred Newman (1900), and Stephen Sondheim (1930). After him are Michael Kamen (1948), Richard Rodgers (1902), George Crumb (1929), Bill Conti (1942), Paul Bowles (1910), and James Newton Howard (1951).