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Wallingford Constantine Riegger(April 29, 1885 – April 2, 1961) was anAmericanmusic composer, well known for orchestral and modern dance music, and film scores. He was born inAlbany, Georgia, but lived much of his life inNew York City.He is noted for being one of the first American composers to use a form oftwelve-tone technique. Riegger was born in 1885 to Ida Wallingford and Constantine Riegger. After his father's lumber mill burned down in 1888, his family moved toIndianapolis, and later toLouisville, finally settling in New York in 1900. A giftedcellist, he was a member of the first graduating class of the Institute of Musical Art, later known as theJuilliard School, in 1907, after studying underPercy Goetschius.He continued his studies at theHochschule für MusikinBerlinfor three years. After returning in 1910, he married Rose Schramm in 1911, with whom he later had three daughters. He returned to Germany and served in various conducting positions until the United States enteredWorld War Iin 1917, after which he moved back to America. From 1918 to 1922, he taughtmusic theoryand violoncello atDrake University.During the greater part of the time from 1930 to 1956, he continued to compose and publish while he taught at various colleges inNew York State, notably the Institute of Musical Art andIthaca College.In 1957, he was called before theHouse Un-American Activities Committee, which was investigating communism in the musical world. In 1958,Leonard Bernsteinhonored him by conducting hisMusic for Orchestrawith theNew York Philharmonic Orchestra. He died in New York in 1961 when he tripped over the leashes of two fighting dogs, resulting in a fall and a head injury from which he did not recover despite treatment.Bernstein said of him in his eulogy, "All who knew Wally loved him." His students includedRobert Ashley,Alan StoutandMerton Brown. See:List of music students by teacher: R to S#Wallingford Riegger. Riegger was known for his use of a twelve-tone system, related to that ofSchoenberg. He became familiar with the technique through Schoenberg's American studentAdolph Weiss. However, he did not use it in all of his compositions and his usage varied from that of Schoenberg, for example in not always using rows with twelve tone and not using transposed forms of the rows. Riegger'sDance Rhythms, for example, did not use these techniques. Aside from Schoenberg, Riegger was also significantly influenced by his friendsHenry CowellandCharles Ives. Early on in his career as a composer, the style of his compositions was markedly different from that of his later work, which mostly used the twelve-tone system. His compositions, following those ofGoetschius, were somewhatromanticist. Starting in the mid-1930s, Riegger began to writecontemporary dancemusic. Later, as his career progressed, he began to use Schoenberg's twelve-tone technique more and more often, though he did occasionally revert to his earlier styles.From 1941 on, he focused almost solely on instrumental music. His Symphony No. 3 received the New York Music Critics' Circle Award and a Naumburg Foundation Recording Award.