- Birgitta Maria Schmid
(b Trautenau [now Trutnov], Bohemia, Feb 20, 1890; d Vienna, May 19, 1937). German composer of Bohemian origin. She was educated at the Assomption convent in Paris, then studied at the Vienna Music Academy, where her teachers included Robert Fuchs and Mandyczewski; she also studied with Draeseke and Eduard Reus at the Dresden Hochschule für Musik, where she won a prize for her Phantastische Sinfonie (op.2a), and with Sophie Menter in Munich. She was the first woman to coach solo singers at Bayreuth (1914) and became the soloists’ répétiteur at the Nuremberg Stadttheater am Ring and the Darmstadt Hoftheater; from 1924 she worked for the Städtische Oper in Berlin. Her modest output of compositions includes the symphonic poem Hamlet (op.2b); a piano concerto (op.3); two string quartets (opp.13a, 15), a violin sonata (op.6) and other chamber works; choral works, including a Mass (op.13...