WALLINGFORD RIEGGER (1885 - 1961)
The American composer Wallingford Riegger studied in New York and with Max Bruch in Berlin, appearing in Germany as a conductor and as a solo cellist. In America, after the entry of the United States into the Great War in 1917, he taught and concentrated his attention on composition, establishing himself as a leading avant-garde composer.
Riegger was a pioneer of atonalism in the United States. He collaborated with Varèse and Cowell, and in ballet with Martha Graham. He wrote a quantity of vocal and instrumental music, including four symphonies, chamber music for various instruments, and vocal works (settings ranging from Shakespeare to Emily Dickinson and Dylan Thomas).