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Riegger, Wallingford, 1885-1961



  • Existence: April 29, 1885 - April 2, 1961


Wallingford Riegger was born April 29, 1885 in Albany, Georgia to Constantine Riegger and Ida Wallingford. As a young boy, Riegger’s family moved several times and then settled in New York (1900), where he attended Cornell University and the Institute of Musical Art (Julliard School). He continued his musical education at the Hochschule für Musik in Germany. As his musical education came to a close, Riegger began teaching at various institutions, such as, Drake University, Ithaca Conservatory, Institute of Musical Art, Teachers’ College of Columbia University, Metropolitan Music School, and Northwestern University.

Riegger compose several works during his lifetime, such as Canon and Fugue for Strings, Canon and Fugue, Canon and Fugue for Organ, Canon and Fugue for Two Pianos, Eternity, Easter Passacaglia, Passacaglia and Fugue, New Dance, Suite for Younger Orchestras, Romanza, A Shakespeare Sonnet, Two Bergerettes, Third Symphony, Fourth Symphony, Dichotomy, Study in Sonority, The Dying of the Light, Festival Overture, Who Can Revoke, New and Old, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, Blue Voyage, and other notable works.

He received various honors and awards for his work, such as the Paderewski Prize (1921), Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Prize (1924), Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Cincinnati Conservatory (1924), the New York Critics’ Circle Award (1948), and Naumburg Foundation Recording Award, (1951).

He married Rose Schramm in 1911 and had three daughters.

Wallingford Riegger died April 2, 1961, in New York.

Source: Ohls, John F. Northwestern University School of Music: A Program of Compositions by Wallingford Riegger. Illinois, 1952. See: Box8, F15

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American Composers Collection

Identifier: MS-0078
Scope and Contents

The American Composers Collection includes material related to over 150 composers, including manuscript music scores, programs, correspondence, news clippings, and other items. Material varies with composer, from a single item to several folders. The collection was amassed from various donations to the University of Missouri-Kansas City before being given to the Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections. Provenance is noted when known.

Dates: 1813 - 2006