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    of Reger Letters Board of Trustees Staff Event archive Media Collections Archive BuschBrothersArchive BuschBrothersArchive Busch biographies BBA Publications Publications Reger Werkausgabe Reger Werkausgabe About the Volumes editorial principles press commentaries Contact More Articles Max Reger Institute events in January Reger at ZeitGenuss festival Podcast available A survey of the Reger edition of works Prof Dr Johannes Voit in the Reger edition of works www reger2016 de online Reger in Karlsruhe

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    will take place in Turku Ira Levin s new orchestral version of Max Reger s Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Joh Seb Bach op 81 Conductor and pianist Ira Levin who is cultivating a close relationship with Max Reger institute since 2005 and orchestrated many of Reger s pieces dedicated the manuscript to Susanne Popp and gave it to her as a present in January 2016 Max Reger Institut events im February Thursday February 11th 2016 7pm Uhr Volkshochschule Karlsruhe Max Reger Lied und Leben Biographic lecture by Prof Dr Susanne Popp with selected songs performed by Sophia Maeno mezzo soprano and Maša Novosel piano Tuesday February 16th 2016 7 30pm Uhr Asamsaal Ettlingen Castle Wie vor hundert Jahren portrait concert with professors alumni and students of the University of Music Karlsruhe in cooperation with Max Reger Institute Organized by Fördergemeinschaft Kunst e V Karlsruhe Recently published Max Reger Werk statt Leben Biographie Just in time for the Reger Year 2016 Breitkopf Härtel published the Reger biography written by Susanne Popp The comprehensive biography presents Regers prolific life on the basis of letters and documents some of them practically unknown which visually depict the restless life of the workaholic Accompanying digital content can be found on maxreger info More about the book Crowdfunding campaign Max Reger The Last Giant Fugue State Films called for participation to a crowdfunding campaign for their DVD Max Reger The Last Giant The DVD is to be published in the Reger year 2016 and includes apart from a documentary part lots of filmed performances and recordings Max Reger Institute assists in the production as advisor and important source Reger premiere in Buchen The Ensemble Vocapella Limburg directed by Tristan Meister performs one of the few unprinted works by Reger for male choir The

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  • Max Reger
    Alexander von Zemlinsky Born in Brand in the Upper Palatinate Reger grew up in the town of Weiden nearby and received musical instruction already at an early age After studies with the famous music theoretician Hugo Riemann Reger suffered in consequence of his military service and of professional setbacks a nervous and material breakdown and returned in 1898 to the parental home There Reger s productivity increased enormously until he was able to persuade his family in 1901 to move to Munich where he expected more musical stimulation than in the Upper Palatinate Reger himself a Catholic got married in 1902 to Elsa von Bercken a divorced Protestant which caused his excommunication As a composer as well as a performing pianist Reger was extremely productive In 1905 he was appointed Rheinberger s successor at the Akademie der Tonkunst resigned however one year later because of discrepancies with the predominantly conservative staff During a concert stay in Karlsruhe in 1907 Reger received his appointment as university musical director and professor at the royal conservatoire at Leipzig he retained his concert and composition activities while resigning from his post as university musical director as soon as in 1908 Instead he accepted in

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  • Short biography
    Alexander von Zemlinsky Born in Brand in the Upper Palatinate Reger grew up in the town of Weiden nearby and received musical instruction already at an early age After studies with the famous music theoretician Hugo Riemann Reger suffered in consequence of his military service and of professional setbacks a nervous and material breakdown and returned in 1898 to the parental home There Reger s productivity increased enormously until he was able to persuade his family in 1901 to move to Munich where he expected more musical stimulation than in the Upper Palatinate Reger himself a Catholic got married in 1902 to Elsa von Bercken a divorced Protestant which caused his excommunication As a composer as well as a performing pianist Reger was extremely productive In 1905 he was appointed Rheinberger s successor at the Akademie der Tonkunst resigned however one year later because of discrepancies with the predominantly conservative staff During a concert stay in Karlsruhe in 1907 Reger received his appointment as university musical director and professor at the royal conservatoire at Leipzig he retained his concert and composition activities while resigning from his post as university musical director as soon as in 1908 Instead he accepted in

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  • Max Reger’s works
    Reger Thematic Catalogue Press commentaries Catalogue of Reger Letters Board of Trustees Staff Event archive Media Collections Archive BuschBrothersArchive BuschBrothersArchive Busch biographies BBA Publications Publications Reger Werkausgabe Reger Werkausgabe About the Volumes editorial principles press commentaries Contact Advanced Search Options Title Subtitle Number of Work Instrumentation Period of Composition Publisher Premier Dedication Duration Composer Versions Poet Include Movements www reger2016 de online Reger in Karlsruhe 2016 program Recently published Max

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  • Curriculum vitae
    at the publisher s and appear only years later 1898 Wiesbaden A piano quintet C minor WoO II 9 is finished in February but refused by Augener Piano pieces and Bach arrangements may remain unprinted and appear only after the successful change to the Munich publisher Jos Aibl in later years Reger applies unsuccessfully for conductor s positions in Heidelberg and Bonn supported by favourable reports of Busoni and Mottl Through the failures he gets more and more into alcohol addictment At the end of March with concerts by Karl Straube in the Frankfurt Paulskirche in which he also performs Reger s suite E minor for organ op 16 a lifelong friendship between the two artists begins A first attempt of Emma Reger to take back her unkempt brother to the Weiden parents home in March fails Reger is given up by the parents who presume megalomania in the highest stage Emma has success with her second attempt in mid June Reger returns to the parental home his health is strongly attacked by alcohol and nicotine the ulcer on his neck has re appeared and needs to be operated again Weiden The isolation in Weiden supports Reger s artistic productivity Few days after his return he puts the closing mark under the waltzes op 22 within few weeks he finishes op 23 25 amd 26 as well as the piano pieces WoO III 10 and III 11 immediately he starts himself searching for a publisher for his works also composed partially already in Wiesbaden Considered by the parents as a failed existence he is supported by Straube in his vocation as a composer Already by mid September the first chorale fantasy Ein feste Burg is finished and is soon being performed by Straube With that Reger opens his line of big organ works with which he finds to a new and unmistakeably personal organ style and acquires increasing successes On the other hand he has little success with his second cello sonata G minor op 28 in which the influence of Brahms is still obvious it is premiered only eight years later Richard Strauss mediates Reger to the Leipzig publisher Forberg opp 24 26 27 and 29 and the Munich publisher Jos Aibl who in the Weiden years becomes Reger s main publishers Reger thanks Strauss with the dedication of his Fantasia and Fugue C minor op 29 With beginning gains Reger can remove the debts left in Wiesbaden by degrees For the first time for four years a full length article on Reger with picture and course of life appears again written by Reger s Wiesbaden friend Caesar Hochstetter who recommends the highly talented young composer to the publishers Reger thanks him with the dedications of his opp 25 Aquarelle and 34 Cinq Pièces pittoresques 1899 Weiden The creative high spirits last Reger composes piano pieces further organ works chamber music and lieder Karl Straube continues the line of premiere performances with the I organ sonata F sharp minor op 33 June and the chorale fantasy Wie schön leucht t uns der Morgenstern op 40 no 1 October and also performs Reger s Fantasy and fugue C minor in presence of the composer in Munich In May June Reger spends several weeks in Schneewinkl with Auguste of Bagenski her daughter Elsa who had been divorced in April of the year and her cousin Berthel to whom he had given piano lessons in Wiesbaden He falls in love with Elsa and composes love lieder a proposal is nevertheless refused by her since she well remembers his Wiesbaden time of crisis In September Reger is for some days guest of the violinist Joseph Hoesl in Munich at this opportunity he encounters Henrik Ibsen whom he admires through all his life He thanks Hoesl with the dedication of his third violin sonata A major op 41 With the four sonatas op 42 which find circulation within short time he for the first time deals with the old kind of the solo violin composition 1900 Weiden Reger composes his major coup Fantasy and fugue on B A C H op 46 and dedicates the work to Joseph Rheinberger who is horrified by the complexity of the composition Other organists nevertheless in addition to Straube also from abroad begin to be interested in Reger Andreas Hofmeie premieres the chorale fantasy Straf mich nicht in deinem Zorn op 40 no 2 at Brno while Straube performs op 46 in Wesel Reger turns again to chamber music and composes his first string quartet op 54 no 1 With two clarinet sonatas op 49 he challenges comparison with Brahms The plan of a concerto for organ with large orchestra WoO I 7 does not materialize In December the premiere performance of the violin sonata op 41 through Reger and Joseph Hoesl in Munich takes place and is reviewed favourably by Theodor Kroyer and Rudolf Louis who are astonished by the new nature and characteristic of language Munich becomes attentive of Reger 1901 Weiden In January Reger appears in Berlin as lied accompanists with Joseph Loritz and is received friendly by Otto Lessmann In March Straube plays in a Munich concert five large organ works of Reger which result again in favourable reviews to the composer who is present By arrangement of Philipp Wolfrum in June Straube performs at the Tonkuenstlerfest of the ADMV Reger s Fantasy and fugue on B A C H op 46 and thus achieves supraregional attention Reger cannot participate for lack of time In July the Ulm organist Karl Beringer gives his first large Reger concert With the organ pieces op 59 a co operation with the publisher C F Peters begins who had refused his early works Reger misses the musical stimulation and feels increasingly constricted in Weiden so that turns to Munich He manages to persuade his parents to a move so that he moves after his father s early superannuation with them and his sister Emma to München Haidhausen on September 1st For farewell he makes Adalbert Lindner a present of numerous manuscripts of early or discarded work that lost importance to him Munich Reger immediately contacts important personalities of Munich music life amongst them Max von Schillings chairman of the music committee of the ADMV Schillings Hausegger Braungart are great guys so is my main converse beside Loritz letter from December 4th to Adalbert Lindner He again works on a organ concerto WoO I 7 that should be performed at the next which should be performed at the next Tonkuenstlerfest however does not the plan materialize He is at the beginning a very eager concert goer but reduces concert visits in the following year too much occupied in his mind with music and having to avoid the largely dull substance of the concert programmes In November Straube gives a further noteworthy Reger evening in Munich with the three Chorale fantasies op 52 and Fantasy and fugue on B A C H op 46 Reger finds unlimited recognition as a lied accompanist and chamber musician His now starting extensive concert activity lasting his entire lifetime to come adds essentially to the discussion of his work and and to its success Reger accepts some private pupils in theory and piano whose number increases strongly in the following years 1902 Munich The Berlin premiere performance of Reger s daring Symphonic Fantasia and Fugue op 57 through Straube is partially received with horror and transferred into the field of pathology so Rudolf Louis who judges on a performance in Basel 1903 Reger seems to have some kind of tonal and sonic psychological perversity therefor he revels in cacophony and the musical ugly in the same manner as others revel in melodious sound The premiere performance of the first clarinet sonata op 49 on the other side brings Reger highest praise of criticism because of their impressionistic sound sensuality After a symphony in D minor WoO I 8 remains fragment chamber music is his essential composition field in the following years Through publisher and concert fees as well as private lessons Reger is now able to set up an own household He courts Elsa of Bercken again who visits a Munich lieder recital of Reger and reconsiders her refusal She eventually agrees to a marriage on October 25th As a divorced Protestant she is not welcome to the family Reger is excommunicated On December 7th in the village church of Boll near Goeppingen Wuerttemberg both are united by an evangelic priest Since the Aibl company impaired by the illness of the owner refuses two works the Burlesken op 58 for four handed piano and the piano quintet C minor op 64 Reger searches for a new main publisher which he finds in Lauterbach Kuhn The preempting contract closed by January 1st 1903 with the recently formed financially weak Leipzig firm in the long run nevertheless proves to be extremely cramping for the fruitful composer 1903 Munich Reger organizes lieder recitals in Munich Berlin and Leipzig where Straube takes up his duties in March as organist at the St Thomas church among others with a Reger evening The situation becomes critical in Munich the premiere performance of his combinatorially and harmonically extremely complicated and expressive piano quintet on May 1st is precede by turbulent scenes the reception by the public is nevertheless favourable Composed in euphoria of the first marriage months Reger writes his Gesang der Verklaerten op 71 which increases the differentiated composition techniques of the piano quintet Simultaneously he devotes a great part of his time to editing and arranging Hugo Wolf s artistic estate for which he also advertises in an article Schriften A3 His novel and practical modulation studies Schriften A1 are refused by Lauterbach Kuhn have however after having been printed by the successor publisher C F Kahnt greatest popularity which expresses itself in a considerable number of reprints and translations even into the Japanese Reger excites himself on a depreciating review of the modulation studies through Arthur Smolian that strongly that he writes an indignant article Ich bitte ums Wort Schriften A2 which is followed in the next year by a further one Mehr Licht Schriften A4 Smolian can not nevertheless be provoked for fight As a composition commission the violin sonata C major op 72 with the unmistakeable themes on the letters S c h a f e sheep and A f f e ape is written which Reger wants to dedicate to the critics as an answer to their reproach to compose unintelligibly Straube plays at the Basle Tonkuenstlerfest of the ADMV Reger s opp 27 and 57 on the unsuitable renovation needy cathedral organ and stimulates the composer to one concert piece for organ without chorale connection Reger dedicates his Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme in F sharp minor op 73 to him in commemoration of the Basle meeting The first Reger bust is created by the Munich sculptor Theodor von Gosen who is being thanked by Reger with his avant garde string quartet in D minor op 74 1904 Munich After the wild works of the year 1903 Reger calms down his publishers with the first volume of the Simple Tunes Schlichte Weisen op 76 which he completes until 1912 to a collection of in total 60 lieder in 6 volumes Also the trios op 77 bring a conscious simplification with which Reger pays homage to his idol Mozart In the new musical director and director of the Akademie der Tonkunst in Munich Felix Mottl he finds an ally With it he finds himself as secretary in the recently founded local branch of the ADMV in which also Schillings is listened The first concert of the local branch on April 29th is dedicated exclusively to his works Reger nevertheless makes with a satirical article Zum 1 April Schriften A5 in which he redicules the bombastic noise of Munich music journals copied few friends in press circles Since the beginning of the year he has worked on his first large scale symphonic work which has been begun under the title of a serenade but then increases to the Sinfonietta op 90 His appearance during the Frankfurt Tonkuenstlerfest of the ADMV where he plays with Henri Marteau his violin sonata in C major op 72 results in a turn in his life from now on he is resident on the railway letter from June 17th to C F Peters and performs in all of Germany and abroad at Reger evenings After the Frankfurt success he interrupts work on the Sinfonietta op 90 and opens a new compositoric field With the Bach variations for piano op 81 and the Beethoven variations for two pianos op 86 during the summer months he creates masterpieces received enthusiastically While he plays the solo work never publicly the Beethoven variations become his regularly favoured pompous concert end during his lifetime with which he can convince even strong opponents 1905 Munich Reger is appointed by Felix Mottl to the Akademie der Tonkunst and assumes office at May 1st 1905 Due to discrepancies with the predominantly conservative staff however he resigns at the end of next years term in July 1906 Many of his students subsequently will receive private tuition While Reger is being feted on concert tours of Germany Austria the Netherlands and Switzerland in Munich the hassle with the new german circle around Ludwig Thuille Max Schillings and the critic Rudolf Louis is heating up Although his two piano variations Bach Variationen op 81 Beethoven Variationen op 86 are hailed at the Tonkünstlerfest of the ADMV in Graz in June Reger breakes up with Schillings and quits the ADMV in January 1906 On September 28th Regers father dies his son promises mother and sister to take care of them Just one week after his father s funeral the premiere of Reger s symphonic firstling the Sinfonietta op 90 takes place on October 8th in Essen under the conductorship of Felix Mottl The performance gets lots of exposure although not receiving unreserved approval Only the repetition in Cologne under the conductorship of Fritz Steinbach works out During the first season the Sinfonietta will be performed 22 times partly by notable conductors as besides the aforementioned ones Arthur Nikisch Hermann Suter and Franz Schalk On December 8th Reger records ten smaller pieces for the Welte Mignon reproduction piano developed the year before 1906 Munich In February Reger makes his successful conducting debut with the Sinfonietta op 90 in Heidelberg At the same time in Munich quarrels between opponents and devotees escalate on the occasion of a performance of the Sinfonietta under the conductorship of Felix Mottl Reger takes this extremely hard and assumes intrigues by the hated clique he suspects them to have given away 200 free tickets to hiss op 90 on February 2nd in Munich His resignation from the Akademie der Tonkunst as well as a collapse during a concert in Berlin early in April entailing a longer rest are the consequences Reger decides to postpone the Hiller Variationen op 100 having been projected since May 1904 in order to put oil on troubled waters with the unpretentious Serenade op 95 In autumn his extensive touring at home and abroad restartes taking him with the biggest success as far as St Petersburg During this season 25 exclusive Reger evenings alone are mounted 1907 Munich Staying in Karlsruhe in order to give a concert Reger receives his appointmend as musical director at the university and professor at the Königliches Conservatorium in Leipzig Reger quits the first occupation the following year already but remains faithful to the exclusively for him established master class for composition whose reputation attracts students from at home and abroad Leipzig In March Max and Elsa Reger move with a 90 year old grand aunt to Leipzig in July the childless couple takes the orphan Christa into its family Thanks to a generous financial grant by Henri Hinrichsen of publisher C F Peters Reger is able to restrain his concert activities and concentrate on his large scale symphonic works his Herzblutwerke With them Reger finds recognition as leading german composer next to Richard Strauss The dutch Maatschappij tot Bevordering der Toonkunst appoints him as honorary member His attempt to break the affiliation with publishers Lauterbach Kuhn who are demanding easy and sellable works and defect to C F Peters fails Reger intercedes with two pugnacious essays in a dispute about musical progress Musik und Fortschritt RWV Schriften A8 Degeneration und Regeneration in der Musik RWV Schriften A10 and gets into open opposition to his former teacher Hugo Riemann 1908 Leipzig Reger interrupts the completion of the Violinkonzert op 101 after the second movement in order to compose seriously pressed for time the Klaviertrio in E minor op 102 whose premiere is going to take place already in March at the Gewandhaus Leipzig from the manuscript On occasion of its celebrated repetition at the Darmstädter Kammermusikfest Reger is honored by the Grand Duke of Hesse with the silver medal for art and science For the 350th anniversary of the university of Jena he composes the first part of the 100 Psalm op 106 and earns the philosophical honorary doctor after the premiere Reger befriends the sculptor Max Klinger and the writer Richard Dehmel From February to July Elsa Reger is forced to stay almost continuously at the hospital and afterwards gets through rehabilitation in a sanatorium near Todtmoos in the Schwarzwald During this time Reger s house is kept by the singer Martha Ruben with whom Reger is acquainted since his time in Munich and his student Paul Aron In October a second girl is taken into the family Selma Charlotte called Lotti The premiere of the Violinkonzert at the Gewandhaus Leipzig under the conductorship of Arthur Nikisch and with the dedicatee Henri Marteau as soloist is received favourably by Arthur Smolian only Reger s concert activities are carried on with well known intensity now even reinforced by increasing

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    Elsa Reger Foundation has meanwhile established not last through multiple and frequently honorary commitment the world s largest Reger collection Nearly 200 musical manuscripts as of March 2015 numerous original letters and documents by Reger or from his environment works of art and devotionalia as well as a rich collection of printed and recorded music document life works and workings of the composer and invite everybody interested in Reger s music to delve into the matter Early in 1999 the Busch Brothers Archive previously based in Hilchenbach Dahlbruch near Siegen was handed over to the MRI for scientific evaluation and donated to the Foundation in 2003 The MRI maintains collaboration with scholars institutions and performers around the world organizes international musicological symposia and mounts exhibitions and concerts and publishes its own series of scholarly books Reger s output which can still offer new discoveries and challenges for musicians philologists and audience is thus explored in multiple ways made accessible and familiar to a wider public Since 1986 the MRI is a member of the Working Group of independent cultural institutions AsKI e V which currently 2015 consists of 36 nationally and internationally renowned cultural and research institutes from all federal states in various fields of fine arts literature and contemporary history linguistics and music In this way the MRI fulfils the aims given by Elsa Reger upon foundation i e to intensify the artistic and scholarly examination of Reger s output and to create by collecting the manuscripts scattered all over the world the opportunity for professional scholarly research of his works In this way the MRI fulfils the aims given by Elsa Reger upon foundation i e to intensify the artistic and scholarly examination of Reger s output and to create by collecting the manuscripts scattered all over the

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    Elsa Reger Foundation has meanwhile established not last through multiple and frequently honorary commitment the world s largest Reger collection Nearly 200 musical manuscripts as of March 2015 numerous original letters and documents by Reger or from his environment works of art and devotionalia as well as a rich collection of printed and recorded music document life works and workings of the composer and invite everybody interested in Reger s music to delve into the matter Early in 1999 the Busch Brothers Archive previously based in Hilchenbach Dahlbruch near Siegen was handed over to the MRI for scientific evaluation and donated to the Foundation in 2003 The MRI maintains collaboration with scholars institutions and performers around the world organizes international musicological symposia and mounts exhibitions and concerts and publishes its own series of scholarly books Reger s output which can still offer new discoveries and challenges for musicians philologists and audience is thus explored in multiple ways made accessible and familiar to a wider public Since 1986 the MRI is a member of the Working Group of independent cultural institutions AsKI e V which currently 2015 consists of 36 nationally and internationally renowned cultural and research institutes from all federal states in various fields of fine arts literature and contemporary history linguistics and music In this way the MRI fulfils the aims given by Elsa Reger upon foundation i e to intensify the artistic and scholarly examination of Reger s output and to create by collecting the manuscripts scattered all over the world the opportunity for professional scholarly research of his works In this way the MRI fulfils the aims given by Elsa Reger upon foundation i e to intensify the artistic and scholarly examination of Reger s output and to create by collecting the manuscripts scattered all over the

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