Elizabeth Gyring

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Elizabeth Gyring (born 1886, d. 1970) was an American composer born in Vienna, the daughter of laryngologist Leopold Rethy. She studied with Joseph Marx and Ludwig Gzaczkes at the Vienna Academy of Music and had successful premieres as a composer in Berlin and Vienna. She married Otto Geiringer, and in 1939 the couple emigrated to the United States where Gyring became a citizen.[1][2] She died in New York in 1970, and her papers are housed at Washington State University.[3]


Gyring composed choral and orchestra works, chamber music, organ and works for solo instruments. Selected works include:

  • The reign of violence is over (Text: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
  • Piano Sonata No.2 (1957)
  • Hymn of Gratitude (1948)
  • Arabesque for bassoon

Her works have been recorded and issued on CD, including:

  • Harrison/ Perry/ Gyring (2010)


  1. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Dees, Pamela Youngdahl (2004). A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers: Women born after 1900. 
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Gyring Papers, 1930-1980". Retrieved 15 December 2010.