Ritter’s Dirge for Two Veterans [Sheet Music]

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001Frederic Louis Ritter (1880)
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Bibliographical Note
via Special Collection at Vassar

Frédéric Louis Ritter, composer and music professor, was born in Strasbourg on 22 June 1834. His family name was Caballero, and his surname was translated from the Spanish word for “gentleman” to the German word for “knight.” Both evoke a similar chivalric ideal. Growing up in Alsace, Ritter was influenced by French and Germanic musical styles. He studied first with Hans M. Schletterer and [unknown] Hauser. Starting at the age of 16, he studied in Paris under the supervision of his cousin Georges Kastner. “Possessed with the idea that beyond the Rhine he would find better opportunities for the study of composition,” Ritter ran away to modern-day Germany. This was usual for serious students of composition at that time. Ritter returned to Lorraine in 1852, and soon accepted a position as professor of music at the Protestant Seminary of Fénéstrange. | Read more at Vassar College

Title: Dirge for two veterans | Ritter, Frederic Louis.
Notes-  From: Music Copyright Deposits, 1870-1885 (Microfilm M 3500)
Also available through the Library of Congress Web Site as facsimile page images.