Biography of Max Reger (1873-1916)

Born in Brand (Upper Palatinate)
First music lessons from his father
Musical education with Albert Lindner
Studies with Hugo Riemann in Sondershausen and Wiesbaden
Move to Munich after first success as a composer
Marries Elsa von Bercken
Publishs the scripture Beiträge zur Modulationslehre
Member of the General German Music Society and Premiere of the Serenade op. 77a in Munich with the flutist Schellhorn and instructor at the Munich academy of music
Teacher for composition and organ at the Royal academy for music in Munich
Teacher for composition at Leipzig conservatory
First Reger festival in Dortmund
Court band master in Meiningen at the court of the duke.
He retired due to excessive labour
Lives in Jena, composition of the Serenade op. 141a
Dies in Leipzig
Schönberg said about Reger: "Reger should be played a lot. First because he wrote so much, second because he is already dead and still not much is known about him (I think, he was a genius)."

Sheet music for flute:

Allegretto grazioso (A-Dur)
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Otto Junne GmbH, O. J. 5668
Rating: mid-grade
  1. Allegretto
A very joyful piece of music. Only two pages for the flute, but really a gem.
Burleske, Menuett und Gigue - aus den Sechs Vortragsstücken. Für Flöte und Klavier bearbeitet vom Komponisten op. 103 a, Nr. 4-6
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Rating: difficult
  1. Burleske
  2. Menuett
  3. Gigue
Not as beautiful as the beloved Allegretto grazioso. Quite high fot the flute (up to the high h). Originally for violin and piano.
Romanze (G-Dur)
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Rating: easy
  1. Andante con moto
Originally for violin and piano. The edition was done by Maximilian Schwedler.
Serenaden op. 77a und op. 141a
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Rating: difficult
  1. Serenade (op. 77a): Allegro
  2. Serenade (op. 77a): Andante semplice con variazioni
  3. Serenade (op. 77a): Presto
  4. Serenade (op. 141a): Vivace
  5. Serenade (op. 141a): Larghetto
  6. Serenade (op. 141a): Presto
Op. 77a is dedicated to Albert Eisenberg and had premiere in 1904 in Munich. Op. 141a was written 1915.
Reger wrote in the accompanying letter to his editor: "Enclosed you will find something very easy, simple and melodic..... But I ask you heartily not to disregard this unimpressive work, because it will be able to make me lots of new friends...."
For op. 141a an alternative violine part is included.

CDs with/from Max Reger

Peter-Lukas Graf, Rainer Moog, Sandor Vegh
    Serenade in G Major, Op. 141a:
  1. Vivace (04:52:00)
  2. Larghetto (05:17:00)
  3. Presto (04:47:00)
  4. Serenade in D Major, Op. 77a:
  5. Allegro (07:26:00)
  6. Andante semplice con Variazioni (07:56:00)
  7. Presto (04:16:00)

Literature von/über Max Reger

Last edit 28.04.2020