Max Reger biography
 

Max Reger

Max Reger Biography


Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger (March 19, 1873 – May 11, 1916) was a German composer, organist, pianist and teacher.

Born in Brand, Reger studied music in Munich and Wiesbaden with Heinrich Reimann. In 1901 he settled in Munich, where he taught organ and composition, and from 1907 he worked in Leipzig, where he was music director of the university until 1908 and professor of composition at the conservatoire until his death. Among his students there were Joseph Haas and George Szell. From 1911 he conducted the court orchestra at Meiningen until it was disbanded in 1914, when he moved to Jena. He died of a heart attack.

Reger was a very prolific composer, although few of his compositions are well known today. Many of his works are fugues or in variation form, including what is probably his best known orchestral work, the Variations and Fugue on a theme of Mozart (based on the opening theme of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Sonata, K. 331). He also wrote a large amount of music for organ, including the Fantasy and Fugue on BACH (based on the BACH motif), and music in virtually every other genre (opera being a notable exception).

Reger saw his music as being part of the tradition of Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms, and his work often combines the classical structures of these composers with the extended harmonies of Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner and the complex counterpoint of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Contents

Some Reger Works

Chamber Works

  • Violin Sonatas
    • Without piano
      • Four violin solo sonatas in opus 42
      • Seven violin solo sonatas in opus 91
    • With piano
      • Violin Sonata #1 op. 1 in D minor
      • Violin Sonata #2 op. 3 in D major
      • Violin Sonata #3 op. 41 in A major
      • Violin Sonata #4 op. 72 in C (gave rise to a scandal at its premiere, juxtaposed with the first sonata by Ludwig Thuille)
      • Violin Sonata #5 op. 84 in F-sharp minor
      • Violin Sonata #6 op. 103b/1 in D minor
      • Violin Sonata #7 op. 103b/2 in A
      • Violin Sonata #8 op. 122 in E minor
      • Violin Sonata #9 op. 139 in C minor
  • Cello Sonatas
    • Cello Sonata #1 op. 5 in F minor
    • Cello Sonata #2 op. 28 in G minor
    • Cello Sonata #3 op. 78 in F major
    • Cello Sonata #4 op. 116 in A minor
  • Serenades
    • Serenade #1 opus 77a in D major (flute, violin, viola)
    • Serenade #2 opus 141a in G major (flute, violin, viola)
  • String Trios
    • String Trio #1 opus 77b in A minor
    • String Trio #2 opus 141b in D minor
  • Piano Trios
    • Piano Trio #1 opus 2 in B minor
    • Piano Trio #2 opus 102 in E minor
  • String Quartets
    • String Quartet ''#0'' in D minor, with optional double bass in finale
    • String Quartet #1 opus 54 number 1 in G minor
    • String Quartet #2 opus 54 number 2 in A major
    • String Quartet #3 opus 74 in D minor
    • String Quartet #4 opus 109 in E-flat major
    • String Quartet #5 opus 121 in F-sharp minor
  • Piano Quartets
    • Piano Quartet #1 opus 113 in D minor
    • Piano Quartet #2 opus 133 in A minor
  • Piano Quintets
    • Piano Quintet #1 op. posthumous in C minor
    • Piano Quintet #2 op. 64 in C minor
  • Also
    • Clarinet quintet op. 146 in A major
    • String sextet op. 118 in F major

Orchestral

  • Large-Scale Symphonic
    • Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven, opus 86
    • Sinfonietta, opus 90 in A major
    • Serenade, opus 95
    • Hiller Variations, opus 100
    • Prologue to a Tragedy, opus 108
    • Variations on a Theme of Mozart, opus 132
  • Organ (a very, very considerable output)
    • Sonata opus 33 in F-sharp minor
    • Sonata opus 60 in D minor
    • Suite opus 92
    • Fantasia and Fugue on a Theme of Bach, opus 64
    • Fantasy and Fugue, opus 135b
  • Piano
    • Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Bach, opus 81
    • Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Telemann, opus 134
  • Choir and Orchestra
    • Psalm 100, opus 106 (arranged also by Hindemith, has also been recorded in this form)

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Three Suites for Viola Solo Op. 131d (Viola Solo). By Max Reger (1873-1916). Edited by Franz Beyer. Viola. Henle Music Folios. Pages: VII and 19. Softcover. 24 pages. G. Henle Verlag #HN468. Published by G. Henle Verlag

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Complete Brandenburg Concertos Transcribed For Piano Four Hands "By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by Max Reger. For piano four-hands. Piano Duet (1 Piano, 4 Hands). Keyboard. Baroque. Piano four hands book (contains primo and secondo parts). Piano reduction. 159 pages. Published by Dover Publications"

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3 Suites for Violoncello Solo Op. 131c By Max Reger (1873-1916). Edited by Wolf-Dieter Seiffert. Violoncello. Henle Music Folios. Pages: VI and 25. Softcover. 54 pages. G. Henle Verlag #HN478. Published by G. Henle Verlag

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30 Short Chorale Preludes Op. 135a By Max Reger (1873-1916). Edited by Michael Kube. Organ. Henle Music Folios. Pages: X and 29. Softcover. 40 pages. G. Henle Verlag #HN761. Published by G. Henle Verlag

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The Virgin's Slumber Song (Maria Wiegenlied) [Medium Voice] By Max Reger (1873-1916). Arranged by Patrick M. Liebergen. For Vocal. Classical. 4 pages. Published by Alfred Music. Digital Sheet Music

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String Trios A minor Op. 77b and D minor Op. 141b By Max Reger (1873-1916). Edited by Michael Kube. String Duo and Trios. Henle Music Folios. Pages: Vl Part = 25 * Va Part = 24 * Vc Part = 22. Softcover. 74 pages. G. Henle Verlag #HN722. Published by G. Henle Verlag

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Virgin's Slumber Song (Medium High Voice in G). By Max Reger (1873-1916). Vocal Solo. 4 pages. Published by G. Schirmer

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"Choralvorspiele fí_r Orgel, Op. 67" By Max Reger (1873-1916). Organ. BH Organ. 95 pages. Bote & Bock #M202500309. Published by Bote & Bock

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"Vorspiel zu ""Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg"" fur zwei Klaviere zu vier Handen" (ubertragen von Max Reger). By Richard Wagner (1813-1883). For 2 Pianos. Classical. Score. 24 pages. Published by Verlag Dohr

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Lyrisches Andante By Max Reger (1873-1916). Instrumental part(s). Score and Set of Parts. Published by Edition Tonger

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Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (Volume I) (Arr. Max Reger) By Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). For Piano Duets & Four Hands. Classical. Part. 18 pages. Published by Alfred Music. Digital Sheet Music

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The Virgins Slumber Song (Maria Weigenlied) [High Voice] By Max Reger (1873-1916). Arranged by Patrick M. Liebergen. For Vocal. Classical. 4 pages. Published by Alfred Music. Digital Sheet Music

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Virgin's Slumber Song (High Voice in A-Flat). By Max Reger (1873-1916). Vocal Solo. 4 pages. G. Schirmer #DST8889. Published by G. Schirmer

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Organ Works Without Opus Number By Max Reger (1873-1916). Edited by Michael Kube. Organ. Henle Music Folios. Pages: XIII and 75. Softcover. 88 pages. G. Henle Verlag #HN762. Published by G. Henle Verlag

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12 Organ Pieces Opus 59 Volume 1 By Max Reger (1873-1916). For Organ. Sheet Music. Published by Edition Peters

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Virgin's Slumber Song (Medium Voice in F). By Max Reger (1873-1916). Vocal Solo. 4 pages. G. Schirmer #DST8892. Published by G. Schirmer

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Virgin's Slumber Song (Medium Voice in F). By Max Reger (1873-1916). Vocal Solo. 4 pages. G. Schirmer #DST8892. Published by G. Schirmer

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10 Little Pieces Op. 44 "(Piano Solo). By Max Reger (1873-1916). Edited by Egon Voss. For piano solo. Piano (Harpsichord), 2-hands. Henle Music Folios. Pages: X and 19. SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced). Softcover. 31 pages. G. Henle Verlag #HN486. Published by G. Henle Verlag"

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Variations and Fugue on a Theme by J.S. Bach Op. 81 "(Piano Solo). By Max Reger (1873-1916). Edited by Egon Voss. For piano solo. Piano (Harpsichord), 2-hands. Henle Music Folios. Pages: XII and 48. SMP Level 9 (Advanced). Softcover. 60 pages. G. Henle Verlag #HN493. Published by G. Henle Verlag"

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