1885 - 1961
Returning to New York in 1917, Riegger became active as composer, administrator, and adviser to a variety of societies for contemporary music. His thorough investigation of modern musical resources and possibilities fueled a compositional style that appropriated 12-tone techniques and atonality within more traditional neo-classic structures. An aggressive rhythmic sense and free use of all possible tone combinations produced works like Dichotomy (1931) and Study in Sonority, which, in 1929, represented a significant stylistic break with his rigorous classical upbringing. Several dance works, cast in more strictly neoromantic idioms, brought popular success as did his Symphony No. 3, winning a Naumburg Foundation Recording Award and the New York Music Critics' Circle Award in 1948.
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