Vittorio Rieti (January 28, 1898 – February 19, 1994) was an Jewish- Italian composer. Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Rieti moved to Milan to study economics. He subsequently studied in Rome under Respighi and Casella, and lived there until 1940. [1 ]
In 1925, he temporarily moved to Paris and composed music for
George Balanchine's ballet for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Barabau. He met his wife in [2 ] Alexandria, Egypt. He was a cousin of actor Vittorio Rietti.
He emigrated to the United States in 1940, becoming a naturalized American citizen on 1 June 1944. He taught at the Peabody Conservatoire of Music in Baltimore (1948–49), Chicago Musical College (1950–54), Queens College, New York (1958–60), and New York College of Music (1960–64). He died in New York on 19 February 1994.
His music is
tonal and neo-classical with a melodic and elegant style.
Selected works [ edit ]
Symphony No. 3 (1932)
Symphony No. 4 (1942)
Suite "La Fontaine" (1968)
Piano Concerto No. 3 (1955)
Concerto for harpsichord and orchestra (1952–1955, 1972)
Cello Concerto No. 2 (1953)
Triple Concerto for violin, viola, piano and orchestra (1971)
Capriccio for violin and piano (1941)
Partita for harpsichord, flute, oboe, 2 violins, viola and cello (1945) String Quartet No. 3 (1951)
Woodwind Quintet (1957)
String Quartet No. 4 (1960)
Concertino for 5 Instruments for flute, viola, cello, harp and harpsichord (1963)
Pastorale e fughetta for flute, viola and piano (or harpsichord) (1966)
Sonata à 5 for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piano (1966)
Incisioni for brass quintet (1967)
Silografie for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and basson (1967)
Sestetto pro Gemini for flute, oboe, piano, violin, viola and cello (1975)
Second Avenue Waltzes for 2 pianos (1942)
Suite champêtre for 2 pianos (1948)
Medieval Variations (1962)
Chorale, variazioni e finale for 2 pianos (1969)
^ a b “Rieti, Vittorio” in Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians, ed. Laura Kuhn. Schirmer Books, 1997.
^ Samuel Rechtoris (1991) - booklet note published in "Vittorio Rieti" CD, New World NWCR 601
^ Internet Movie Database