Josef Anton Riedl, German composer, Died at 86


Josef Anton Riedl was born on June 11, 1929, in Munich and died on March 25, 2016.

He was a German composer.

He had completed a period of studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and in courses given by Hermann Scherchen in Gravesano, Riedl, influenced by Carl Orff und Edgar Varèse, devoted himself as a composer particularly to percussion and Lautgedichte (sound poetry) (Schmidt 2001).

During 1950, Riedl was te co-founder of the German Section of the Jeunesses Musicales, together with Herbert Barth, Reiner Bredemeyer and Eckhart Rolfs (Schmidt 2001).

At the start of 1952, Josef Anton Riedl did some pioneering work in the use of concrete and electronic sounds, joining Pierre Schaefer’s Groupe de Recherche Musicale in 1953 (Schmidt 2001).

During 1955, Josef Anton Riedl worked in the electronic studio of NWDR in Cologne, and spent some time in 1959 in Scherchen’s experimental studio in Gravesano (Schmidt 2001).

Since 1959 until its closure in 1966 Riedl was director of the Siemens Studio for electronic music (Schmidt 2001).

Whilst he was a teacher Riedl influenced the work of musicians well-known today, such as Lorenzo Ferrero and Michael Lentz, for whose Bachmann Prize–winning book Muttersterben (2001) he created the music.

He was also contributed to film music and was an example to several episodes of the 13-part Die zweite Heimat—Chronik einer Jugend (1992), the second in Edgar Reitz’s Heimat series (IMDb credits).

Josef Anton Riedl passed away at 86 yrs old.