William Ritter (1867-1955).


William Ritter was a Swiss music and art critic, a writer, a painter, who was born in Neuchatel, and who studied letters in Vienna. He lived most of his life in Switzerland with his bohemian friend Janko Cadra (1882-1927), published articles in several magazines and was very close to Le Corbusier. Ritter was strongly anti-Semitic and originally was very much against Mahler; and he wrote negative and unkind/racist reviews about his music.

But later Ritter began to grasp the value of Mahler´s music, changed his mind, and wrote reviews accordingly. He was immersed in the work of Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)Leos Janacek (1854-1928), Gustav Mahler (1860-1911), Richard Strauss (1864-1949) and Bruno Walter (1876-1962), all of whom he knew.

Year 1906. Mahler in Vienna, photograph dedicated by Mahler to William Ritter (1867-1955).

Year 1907Janko Cadra (1882-1927) and William Ritter (1867-1955) in their Munich apartment.

Year 1907William Ritter (1867-1955) and Janko Cadra (1882-1927) in their Munich apartment.

Year 1907William Ritter (1867-1955) and Janko Cadra (1882-1927) in their Munich apartment.

Year 1909. Janko Cadra (1882-1927) and William Ritter (1867-1955) in Monruz (Neuchatel).

Year 1911. Prague by William Ritter (1867-1955).

Portrait of William Ritter (1867-1955) by Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier).

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