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Julius Bittner

  • Birth 9 Apr 1874 Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
  • Death 9 Jan 1939 Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
  • Burial Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria
  • Plot Group 32C, No. 15
  • Memorial ID 41153499

Composer, Librettist. One of Austria's most frequently performed opera composers in the years before World War II. Bittner's distinctively nationalist stage works, for which he wrote his own texts, were fantasies based on folk or fairy tales and typically set in the Alps. "The Infernal Gold" (1916) was his greatest success. His other operas include "The Red Greed" (1907), "The Musician" (1909), "The Mountain Lake" (1911), "The Rose Garden" (1923), and "The Violets" (1934). Bittner was born in Vienna, and primarily self-taught as a musician. He pursued a legal career and was employed as a judge in Lower Austria and at the Ministry of Justice (1920 to 1922) before retiring to devote himself to music. He received many state awards and in 1925 was elected to the German Academy of Arts in Berlin. A stroke left him confined to a wheelchair during his last years but he continued to compose, leaving a Requiem unfinished at his death. Beyond the opera stage he produced a mass (the "Missa Austriaca"), symphonic poems, two string quartets, and songs. His wife was famed contralto Emilie Werner Bittner.

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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 25 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41153499
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Julius Bittner (9 Apr 1874–9 Jan 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41153499, citing Zentralfriedhof, Vienna, Wien Stadt, Vienna (Wien), Austria ; Maintained by Find A Grave .