Stein, Richard Heinrich
- Matthias Schmidt
(b Halle, Feb 28, 1882; d Santa Brigida, Aug 11, 1942). German composer and writer on music. After studying at the University of Erlangen, he worked as a critic for several years before moving to Spain in 1914. Upon his return to Germany after World War I, he served as director of the Berlin-Nikolassee Conservatory (1920–22) and the Berlin Urania (1924), and as music director for Berlin radio (1925). He also taught composition and the piano privately. He later emigrated to the Canary Islands where he lived until his death.
Stein wrote numerous songs, chamber works and piano pieces, as well as larger compositions such as Scherzo fantastico for orchestra, a symphony for 24 solo instruments and a one-act opera. On his extensive travels, his experience of microtones in the music of non-European cultures (he published a collection of Icelandic Inuit songs in ...