Grete von Zieritz

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Grete von Zieritz (10 March 1899 – 26 November 2001) was an Austrian-German composer and pianist.

Life[edit]

Grete von Zieritz was born in Vienna, Austria into a noble family, and grew up in Vienna, Innsbruck and Graz. She received her first piano lessons at the age of six, and later studied with Hugo Kroemer (piano) and Roderick Mojsisovics (composition). She gave her first concert at age eight.[1]

In Berlin, she continued her studies with Martin Krause, a student of Franz Liszt, and Rudolf Maria Breithaupt. After the successful performance of her "Japanese Songs" in 1921, she decided to become a composer. Von Zieritz worked as a music teacher and continued to study in Berlin from 1926 to 1931 under Franz Schreker.[2] In 1939 she was the only woman at the International Music Festival in Frankfurt am Main among composers from 18 nations.[3] In 2009 in Vienna Donaustadt the Zieritzgasse was named after her. She died in Berlin in 2001.[4]

Awards[edit]

  • 1928: Mendelssohn-State Award
  • 1928: Schubert scholarship to Columbia Phonograph Company
  • 1978: Merit First Class for Science and the Arts
  • 1979: Order of Merit
  • 1982: PRS-Medal of Honour for 50-year membership
  • 1999: Badge of Honour of the National Music Council, Berlin
  • 1999: German Critics' Award (Special)

Works[edit]

Grete von Zieritz wrote over 250 works for various ensembles. Selected works include:

  • Japanese Songs for soprano and piano (1919)
  • Prelude and Fugue in C minor for piano (1924)
  • Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 67 (1939)
  • Kaleidoskop, Duo for violin and viola, Op. 127 (1969)
  • Suite for viola solo, Op. 141 (1976)
  • Prelude and Fugue for organ (1977)
  • Organ Concerto for organ solo (1995)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grete von Zieritz". Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Christopher. "Grete von Zieritz". Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Reiger, Eva. "Grete von Zieritz". Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  4. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 4 October 2010. 

Additional reading[edit]

  • Aigner, Rita. (1991) Grete von Zieritz: Life and Work. Berlin. Ries & Erler.
  • Olivier, Antje & Karin wine Gartz-Perschel. (1988) Composers AZ. Düsseldorf. Toccata publisher for women's studies.
  • Stürzbecher, Ursula. (1973) Workshop Discussions with Composers. Munich. P. 130-139.
  • Sadie, Julie Anne & Rhian, Samuel, Ed. (1994) The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers. New York and London. Norton.