Réti, Rudolph [Rudolf]
- Paula Morgan
(b Uzice, Nov 27, 1885; d Montclair, NJ, Feb 7, 1957). American writer on music, pianist and composer of Serbian birth. In Vienna he studied the piano and music theory at the Academy of Music and musicology at the university. As a concert pianist he gave the first performance of Schoenberg’s op.11 piano pieces (1911). He was an initiator of the Salzburg Music Festival (1922), which led to the founding of the International Society for Contemporary Music. Later he became chief music critic of the Vienna newspaper Das Echo (1930–38), and after emigrating to the USA he was a contributing editor to the Musical Digest.
Réti’s theory of composition was based on his analyses of Beethoven’s sonatas; some of these analyses were published posthumously as Thematic Patterns in Sonatas of Beethoven (1967). In The Thematic Process in Music (1951...