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Richard Specht (7 December 1870, Vienna - 19 March 1932) was an Austrian lyricist, dramatist, musicologist and writer.

Specht is most well-known for his writings on classical music, and in his time was seen as a leading music journalist. He was a great authority on the music of Gustav Mahler, and in later life became a regular acquaintance of his widow, Alma Mahler-Werfel.

He was, amongst other things, a contributor to the Wiener Illustrierten Extrablatts and other Viennese newspapers. From 1910, he worked at the Merker publishing house. In 1925, he was appointed to a professorship at the institution that is now the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna.



  • Gedichte (1893)
  • Das Gastmahl des Plato, Drama (1895)
  • Pierrot bossu, Drama (1896)
  • Mozart, twelve poems (1914)
  • Florestan Kestners Erfolg, a story (1929)
  • Die Nase des Herrn Valentin Berger, Drama (1929)

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