Trude Rittman

Arranger, Musical Coordinator, Musician, Writer
Trude Rittman

Also known as: Trude Rittmann, Trudi Rittman

Female

Born: circa. 1908
Mannheim, GERMANY

Died: February 22, 2005
Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

Trude Rittmann, the respected dance and vocal arranger for Broadway artists Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Irving Berlin, Jerome Robbins and Agnes de Mille, died on Feb. 22, 2005, in Lexington, Massachusetts at the age of 96. Douglas Durant, a close friend of Ms. Rittmann's, said the cause of death was respiratory failure.

Born Gertrud Rittmann in Mannheim, Germany, in 1908, Trude Rittmann immigrated to the United States in 1937, where she was engaged by Lincoln Kirstein as concert accompanist and pianist for George Balanchine's American Ballet Caravan, the precursor to New York City Ballet. During her years as musical director for the troupe, she worked closely with composers such as Aaron Copland, Elliott Carter, Virgil Thomson, Leonard Bernstein and Marc Blitzstein.

In 1941 Ms. Rittmann became a concert accompanist for choreographer Agnes de Mille, who invited her to be dance arranger for the 1943 Broadway musical One Touch of Venus, choreographed by de Mille and composed by Kurt Weill.

Over the next three decades Rittmann would be credited with the dance and/or vocal arrangements for more than 50 Broadway musicals, including Finian's Rainbow, Peter Pan, Fanny, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Gigi, Bloomer Girl, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Two by Two, Miss Liberty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I (creating the innovative percussion score to the ballet, "The Small House of Uncle Thomas," according to the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization) and The Sound of Music (creating the rapturous choral arrangements)

She also arranged the ballet music in the film of "The King and I," and contributed arrangements for lesser-known musicals, including Hot Spot, Christine, At the Grand and more, and composed ballet music for Look Ma, I'm Dancin'!, Juno and provided "musical continuity" to such shows as Wish You Were Here and All American.

As a composer, Ms. Rittmann provided music for television programs as well as several original ballets.

She is survived by her nephew, Peter Krebs, of Wigton Cumbria, England.

 

Roles

Playbill Cover - Finian's Rainbow Finian's Rainbow
Oct. 29, 2009 - Jan. 17, 2010
Original Dance Music Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - South Pacific South Pacific
Apr. 3, 2008 - Aug. 22, 2010
Dance and Incidental Music Arrangements
(Original)
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Playbill Cover - The Sound of Music The Sound of Music
Mar. 12, 1998 - Jun. 20, 1999
Original Dance Arrangements
(Original)
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    Original Choral arrangements
(Original)
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Playbill Cover - Jerome Robbins' Broadway Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Feb. 26, 1989 - Sep. 1, 1990
Dance Arrangements ("The King and I")
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The American Dance Machine The American Dance Machine
Jun. 14, 1978 - Dec. 3, 1978
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - My Fair Lady My Fair Lady
Mar. 25, 1976 - Feb. 20, 1977
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - A Musical Jubilee A Musical Jubilee
Nov. 13, 1975 - Feb. 1, 1976
Dance Arrangements and musical continuity
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Gigi Gigi
Nov. 13, 1973 - Feb. 19, 1974
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Ambassador Ambassador
Nov. 19, 1972 - Nov. 25, 1972
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Two by Two Two by Two
Nov. 10, 1970 - Sep. 11, 1971
Vocal Arrangements
(Original)
 
    Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Come Summer Come Summer
Mar. 18, 1969 - Mar. 22, 1969
Vocal Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Maggie Flynn Maggie Flynn
Oct. 23, 1968 - Jan. 5, 1969
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Darling of the Day Darling of the Day
Jan. 27, 1968 - Feb. 24, 1968
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - On a Clear Day You Can See Forever On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Oct. 17, 1965 - Jun. 11, 1966
Music continuity and vocals
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Jennie Jennie
Oct. 17, 1963 - Dec. 28, 1963
Vocal Arrangements
(Original)
 
    Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Hot Spot Hot Spot
Apr. 19, 1963 - May 25, 1963
Dance Music and Vocal Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - All American All American
Mar. 19, 1962 - May 26, 1962
Musical Continuity
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Camelot Camelot
Dec. 3, 1960 - Jan. 5, 1963
Dance and Choral Arrangements
(Original)
 
Christine
Apr. 28, 1960 - May 8, 1960
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
    Vocal Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Sound of Music The Sound of Music
Nov. 16, 1959 - Jun. 15, 1963
Choral Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - My Fair Lady My Fair Lady
Mar. 15, 1956 - Sep. 29, 1962
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Fanny Fanny
Nov. 4, 1954 - Dec. 16, 1956
Musical Continuity
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Peter Pan Peter Pan
Oct. 20, 1954 - Feb. 26, 1955
Incidental Music
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Girl in Pink Tights The Girl in Pink Tights
Mar. 5, 1954 - Jun. 12, 1954
Ballet Music Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The Climate of Eden The Climate of Eden
Nov. 13, 1952 - Nov. 22, 1952
Incidental Music
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Wish You Were Here Wish You Were Here
Jun. 25, 1952 - Nov. 28, 1953
Musical Continuity
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Paint Your Wagon Paint Your Wagon
Nov. 12, 1951 - Jul. 19, 1952
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - The King and I The King and I
Mar. 29, 1951 - Mar. 20, 1954
Ballet Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Out of This World Out of This World
Dec. 21, 1950 - May 5, 1951
Incidental Music
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Peter Pan Peter Pan
Apr. 24, 1950 - Jan. 27, 1951
Music Arrangements
(Original)
 
    Musical Coordinator
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Dec. 8, 1949 - Sep. 15, 1951
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Miss Liberty Miss Liberty
Jul. 15, 1949 - Apr. 8, 1950
"Train" Dance Arrangement
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - South Pacific South Pacific
Apr. 7, 1949 - Jan. 16, 1954
Assistant to Mr. Rodgers
(Original)
 
Look, Ma, I'm Dancin'!
Jan. 29, 1948 - Jul. 10, 1948
Ballet arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Brigadoon Brigadoon
Mar. 13, 1947 - Jul. 31, 1948
Musical Assistant to Miss de Mille
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Finian's Rainbow Finian's Rainbow
Jan. 10, 1947 - Oct. 2, 1948
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Billion Dollar Baby Billion Dollar Baby
Dec. 21, 1945 - Jun. 29, 1946
Rehearsal Pianist
(Original)
 
Playbill Cover - Carousel Carousel
Apr. 19, 1945 - May 24, 1947
Dance Arrangements
(Original)
 
 

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