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Max Reger

(1873—1916)


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(b Brand, 1873; d Leipzig, 1916).

Ger. composer, pianist, organist, and teacher. Wrote most of his org. works by 1900, finding devoted interpreter in Karl Straube. Lived in Munich from 1901, teaching at Acad. of Mus. 1905–6. Dir. of mus. and prof. of comp., Leipzig Univ. 1907–11. Cond., Meiningen Orch. 1911–14. Toured Europe and Russia as organist. Was opponent of ‘programme’ mus. and comp. only in ‘absolute’ forms. Master of polyphony and developed complex harmonic procedures. Prolific composer, chief works incl.:

orch.:

2 Romances

, vn., orch. (1900);

Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven

(1915, arr. of 2‐pf. work 1904);

Sinfonietta

in A (1904–5);

Serenade

in G (1905–6);

Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J. A. Hiller

(1907); vn. conc. in A (1907–8);

Symphonic Prologue for a Tragedy

in A minor (1908); pf. conc. in F minor (1910);

Comedy Overture

(1911);

Concerto in Olden Style

(1912);

Romantic Suite, after Eichendorff

(1912);

4 Böcklin Tone‐Pictures

(1913);

Ballet Suite

in D (1913);

Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart

(1914, arr. for 2 pf. 1914).

choral:

Hymne an den Gesang

, male ch., orch. (1898);

7 Male Choruses

(1899);

4 Cantatas

(1903–5);

10 Gesänge

, male vv. (1904, 1909);

Psalm 100

, ch., orch., org. (1908–9);

Geistliche Gesänge

, 5 vv. (1912);

Die Weihe der Nacht

, male vv., orch. (1911);

Römischer Triumphgesang

, male vv., orch. (1912).

vocal:

An die Hoffnung

, alto, orch. or pf. (1912);

Hymnus der Liebe

, bar. or alto, orch. (1914);

12 Sacred Songs

, v., pf. or org. or harmonium (1914); also over 250 solo songs, 12 of them with orch. acc.

chamber music:

6 str. qts. (1888–9, 1900 (2), 1903–4, 1909, 1911); 2 pf. quintets (1897–8, 1901–2); 9 vn. sonatas (1890, 1891, 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1910, 1911, 1915); 3 vc. sonatas (1898, 1904, 1910); 11 sonatas for solo vn. (1900 (4), 1905 (7); 3 cl. sonatas (1900 (2), 1908–9); 2 pf. qts. (1910, 1914); str. sextet (1910); cl. quintet (1915);

piano:

12 Waltz‐Caprices

, duet (1892);

7 Waltzes

(1893);

Lose Blätter

(1894);

6 Morceaux

(1898);

7 Fantasie‐Stücke

(1898);

7 Charakterstücke

(1899);

6 Intermezzi

(1900);

7 Silhouettes

(1900);

12 Blätter und Blüten

(1900–2);

10 Pieces

(1901–3);

Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J. S. Bach

(1904);

Aus meinen Tagebuch

(35 little pieces) (1904–12);

Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Beethoven

, 2 pf. (1904, orch. 1915);

4 Pieces

(1901–6); 4 Sonatinas (1905, 1908);

Introduction, Passacaglia, and Fugue

, 2 pf. (1906);

Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart

, 2 pf. (1914, arr. of orch. work);

Variations and Fugue on a Theme of G. P. Telemann

(1914);

Träume am Kamin

, 12 little pieces (1915).

organ:

3 Pieces

(1892);

Chorale Fantasia ‘Ein' feste Burg’

(1898);

Fantasia and Fugue

in C minor (1898); Sonatas, No.1 in F♯ (1899), No.2 in D minor (1901);

Fantasia and Fugue on BACH

(1900);

6 Trios

(1900);

5 Easy Preludes and Fugues

(1904);

12 Pieces

(1901);

12 Pieces

(1902);

52 Easy Chorale Pieces

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Subjects: Music.


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