|STAGE Music: Le Carrosse du Saint- Sacrement.|
|ORCHESTRA:Three Pieces; Fantaisie Espagnol; Fugue.|
|PIANO: Three Funeral Marches; Fragments Psychologiques; Valses Bourgeoises.|
|SONGS: Trois Chansons; Three Chanties; Lieder Album.|
About Lord Berners:
Berners G. H.T-W. Since Childhood; Holbrooke Josef C. Contemporary British Composers.
Chesterian n.s. 3:65December 1919; Chesterian n.s. 32:244January 1923; Musical Times 69:9January 1, 1920.
Important recordings of music by Lord Berners:
DECCA: Orchestral Fugue.
JULIUS BITTNER was born in Vienna on April 9, 1874. His early education consisted of law, which he pursued with such zeal and talent that he soon became an eminently successful lawyer. Law, however, soon yielded its place to music in Bittner's interest. Always sensitive to the beautiful in music, Bittner discovered as he grew older that the need to express himself thru tones became more and more pressing. What he did, he always did conscientiously, and--far from feeling burdened by his success as a lawyer-- he began to pursue the study of music with great earnestness under Josef Labor and Bruno Walter. His talent became manifest from the very first. Such early works as Tänze aus Österreich, for piano, revealed a fine imagination and a deep musical instinct. With the première of his first opera at Frankfurt, in 1907 --Die Rote Gret--there could no longer be a doubt as to his ability as a composer. This opera was marked, as H. C. Colles informs us, by "qualities of accomplished musicianship and a strong dramatic sense, relieved by a sense of humor." Its success was sufficiently encouraging to convince Bittner that he must sacrifice his successful practise for music.
He has since proved the wisdom of his decision by becoming an equally successful composer. With a series of operas--including Der Bergsee and Das Rosengärtlein--he proved that his was one of the most tasteful musical pens of Vienna. "He has an excellent, witty and enthusiastic pen," is the opinion of Paul Stefan. "His music is both popular and original in the best sense. He is the greatest hope for the German popular opera of our time."____________________