Reiner, Fritz, 1888-1963
- Existence: 1888 - 1963
Fritz Reiner (born December 19, 1888, Budapest, died November 15, 1963, New York) was an American conductor of Hungarian birth. Reiner attended the Liszt Academy in Budapest (where he studied piano with Bartók) and made his conducting début in Carmen at the age of 19 at the Vigopera. He conducted opera in Laibach and Budapest and became one of two principal Kapellmeister at the Hofoper in Dresden (1914-1921). There he formed a lifelong friendship with Richard Strauss; while at Dresden he conducted the first German production of Die Frau ohne Schatten in 1919. With the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (1922-1931), the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (1938-1948), and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1953-1963), Reiner developed a reputation as an orchestra builder. Reiner’s skill as a conductor can be heard best on the popular series of recordings he made in Chicago for RCA Victor (1954-1963).
Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:
Abstract The papers of composer/conductor Jean Martinon consist of materials created by Martinon himself (including published and unpublished manuscript scores and arrangements of compositions written between 1935 and 1975), and biographical and other materials produced or collected by the Jean Martinon Society and the Association Jean Martinon.
Abstract Conductor Fritz Reiner's correspondence collection includes both personal and business correspondence, including letters to family, friends, and fans, and papers regarding his work with the Curtis Institute of Music and the Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Carlotta Reiner's correspondence is also heavily represented.