Julius Rietz

Julius Rietz

born on 28/12/1812 in Berlin, Germany

died on 12/9/1877 in Dresden, Sachsen, Germany

Julius Rietz

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August Wilhelm Julius Rietz (28 December 1812, Berlin – 12 September 1877,[1] Dresden) was a German composer, conductor and cellist. He was a teacher among whose students were Woldemar Bargiel,[2] Salomon Jadassohn and Arthur Sullivan.[3] He also edited many works by Felix Mendelssohn for publication.


He studied the cello under Schmidt, Bernhard Romberg, and Gans. At 16, he joined the orchestra of the Königstädter Theater, for which he wrote the music to Holtei's play Lorbeerbaum und Bettelstab. In 1834, he was appointed assistant conductor at the Düsseldorf Opera under Mendelssohn, whom he succeeded the following year. In 1847, he was called to Leipzig as theatre kapellmeister and conductor of the Singakademie. In 1848, he succeeded Mendelssohn as conductor of the Gewandhaus concerts and as teacher of composition at the Conservatory. He was called to Dresden in 1860 to succeed Reissiger as court kapellmeister. Here he conducted the opera and afterwards undertook the direction of the royal conservatory. He died at Dresden.[4]


As a composer, he belongs to the younger classic school and was strongly opposed to the Neo-German movement. Among his works are the operas, three symphonies, several overtures to plays, flute sonatas, violin sonatas, motets, masses, psalms, and a quantity of other church music.[4]


  • Jery und Bätely (1839)
  • Das Mädchen aus der Fremde (1839)
  • Der Korsar (1850)
  • Georg Neumann und die Gambe (1859)


  • Concert Overture in A major, Op. 7
  • Hero und Leander, Op. 11
  • Lustspielouvertüre, Op. 53


  • Clarinet Concerto, Op. 29
  • Concert Piece for Oboe and Orchestra
  • Cello Concerto, Op. 16


The Louisville Orchestra First Edition series contained, besides many works mostly by modern composers (usually American), Rietz' Concert Overture, opus 7 (coupled with the second symphony of Max Bruch), and recorded around 1970.[5] This may have been the same concert overture commissioned by the Lower Rhenish Music Festival to commemorate an anniversary .[6]


  1. Dwight, John Sullivan (October 27, 1877). "Dr. Julius Rietz.". Dwight's Journal of Music 37 (15): 113. (Excerpt from October 1877 London Musical Times obituary, with birth and death dates and some biography)
  2. Sleeve-notes for Recording of Bargiel and Mendelssohn Octets. Hyperion Records (1989). Retrieved on 2007-11-02.
  3. Arthur Sullivan in Memoriam. Musical Times (December 1900). Retrieved on 2007-11-02.
  4. 4.0 4.1  1905, "Rietz, Julius", New International Encyclopedia
  5. "Louisville Orchestra LS 703", 1970 series, number 3: with Jorge Mester conducting the orchestra. Note Library Catalog Permalink for a reference to this long-playing record. Cornell University. Retrieved on 2007-11-02.
  6. Dwight, John Sullivan (August 6, 1864). "The Forty-First Musical Festival of the Lower Rhine". Dwight's Journal of Music: A Paper of Art and Literature 24 (10): 2823.
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