Rytel, Piotr , Polish composer and teacher; b. Vilnius, Sept. 20, 1884; d. Warsaw, Jan. 2, 1970. He studied with Michalowski and Noskowski at the Warsaw Cons. In 1911, was appointed a prof. of piano, and in 1918 a prof. of harmony there. He was director of the Sopot State Coll. of Music (1956–61).
DRAMATIC: Opera : Ijola (1927; Warsaw, Dec. 14, 1929); Koniec Mesjasza (1935–36); Krzyzowcy (1940–41); Andrzej z Chelmna (1942–43). Ballet: Faun i Psyche (1931); Ślạski pierścień (The Silesian Ring; 1956). ORCH. : Piano Concerto (1907); 5 symphonic poems: Grazyna (1908; rev. 1954), Poemat (1910), Korsarz, after Byron (The Corsair; 1911), Sen Dantego (The Dream of Dante; 1911), and Legenda o sω. Jerzym (The Legend of St. George; 1918); 3 syms.: No. 1 (1909), No. 2, Mickiewiczowska (in honor of the Polish poet Mickiewicz) for Tenor, Chorus, and Orch. (1949), and No. 3 for Tenor and Orch. (1950–51); Violin Concerto (1950); Sinfonia concertante for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Harp, and Orch. (1960). chamber : Romance for Clarinet and Piano (1948); Variations for Clarinet and Piano (1957).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire