Zieritz, Grete von
- Rosario Marciano
(b Vienna, March 10, 1899; d Berlin, Nov 26, 2001). Austrian composer and pianist. She studied at the Graz music school (1912–17) with Hugo Kroemer (piano) and Mojsisovics (composition). In 1917 she moved to Berlin and continued her studies with Martin Krause (piano) and Rudolf Maria Breithaupt. From 1919 she taught at the Stern Conservatory. She began to attract notice as a composer in 1921 with the first performance of her Japanese songs for soprano and piano. In 1926 she went to the Berlin Hochschule für Musik to continue her composition studies with Schreker, and it was through him that she forged a strongly individual style. In 1928 she was awarded the Mendelssohn Prize for composition as well as the Schubert Grant from the Columbia Phonograph Company. She was the first woman to receive the title of honorary professor from the Austrian president (1958); later honours included the Austrian Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst (...