Kattnigg, Rudolf, Austrian composer and conductor; b. Oberdorf bei Treffen, April 9, 1895; d. Klagenfurt, Sept. 2, 1955. He went to Vienna and studied law at the Univ. before pursuing training in music at the Academy of Music with Mandyczewski, Löwe, J. Marx, and Krauss (1918–22). From 1928 to 1934 he was director of the Innsbruck Music School. He also was active as a theater conductor, settling in Vienna in 1939. He became best known as an operetta composer, his finest score being Balkanliebe or Die Gräfin von Durazzo (1937).
dramaticropera:Donna Miranda (1953). Music Theater: Der Prinz von Thule (Basel, Dec. 13, 1936); Kaiserin Katharina (Berlin, Feb. 3, 1937); Balkanliebe or Die Gräfin von Durazzo (Leipzig, Dec. 22, 1937); Mädels vom Rhein (Bremen, 1938); Die Mädel von St. Goar (Bremen, Feb. 4, 1939); Hansi fliegt zum Negerkral (Vienna, Dec. 16, 1942); Ben Ami (Vienna, Jan. 18, 1949); Rendezvouz um Mitternacht (Vienna, May 20, 1956). Ballet: Tarantella (1942). Also film scores. other: 2 syms. (1925, 1930); Piano Concerto (1934); chamber music.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire