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William Ritter (1867-1955).

  • Profession: Critic, novelist.
  • Residences: Vienna.
  • Relation to Mahler: Friend.
  • Correspondence with Mahler: Yes.
  • Born: 31-05-1867 Neuchatel, Switzerland.
  • Died: 19-03-1955 Melde, Switzerland.
  • Buried: Unknown.

William Ritter (1867-1955) 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, 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.William Ritter, a music critic from Neuchâtel, was immersed in the work of Anton Bruckner, Leoš Janáček, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, and Bruno Walter, all of whom he knew.

Friend of Janko Cadra (1882-1927).

Janko Cadra (1882-1927) and William Ritter (1867-1955).

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