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date: 22 August 2019

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  • Eva Rieger

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(b Ludwigshafen, March 3, 1929). German composer. She studied the piano, followed by the violin and music theory. Upon leaving school she studied music pedagogy in Heidelberg and Mannheim, composition with Gerhard Frommel in Heidelberg and the piano with August Leopolder in Frankfurt and Richard Hauser in Vienna. In 1978 she joined the newly formed ‘working group’ Frau und Musik, which she chaired for many years. She has also served on the governing boards of the Deutscher Musikrat, where she was concerned with promoting women composers. In 1981 she won a fellowship to visit the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

Chamber music, orchestral and vocal works are predominant in her output; there are also song cycles, cantatas, a children’s opera, and improvisational and performance art compositions. Although she adopted contemporary techniques, her stylistic development always remained independent. In the 1950s she began with polytonal motivic work and also included 12-note techniques. Later she used graphic notation, aleatory principles and cluster techniques together with a combination of free-tonal motivic, improvisatory and experimental elements, including percussive effects and avant-garde instrumental techniques. She has not shirked from writing for amateur players and for children and is convinced that many women are generally more communicative in the way they compose than men....

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