Reger: Max. Sheet Music and Biography

By | May 21, 2021

Max Reger Sheet Music

Black & White Photograph of Max Reger playing the piano c1910
Max Reger
19 March 1873 – 11 May 1916

Max Reger was a German composer born in Bavaria on 19 March 1873. His talents extend to playing the organ, piano, conductor and being an academic teacher. He wrote a variety of orchestral, chamber, vocal and choral, piano and organ music.

His best-known piece for the piano and also the orchestra is his Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Mozart, Op. 132a for two pianos. His other principal orchestral works include the Böcklin Suite, the Suite in the Old Style, and variations on themes of Beethoven and Hiller.

You can take a look at our sheet music collection of Max Reger’s Marys Lullaby, or Maria Wiegenlied. Op.76, No.52.

Career

Reger moved to Munich in 1901 which was a starting point in his career appearing in ten concerts during his first season. In 1902 after earning enough money from publishers, teaching and concert appearances he was able to marry.

He became a teacher at the Leipzig Conservatory in 1907 and musical director at Leipzig University. Then he acquired the post of conductor of the court orchestra of Duke Georg II of Saxe-Meiningen in 1911 which he gave up in 1914 due to ill health.

With the exception of opera and symphony, he pretty much-composed music in every genre. Music in the fugal form appealed to Reger.

Following a heart attack he died on 11 May 1916 at the age of just forty-three.

More recently two documentaries have been released – Max Reger – Music as a perpetual state, Miramonte Films (2002) and Max Reger: The Last Giant (2016) to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of his death.

Reger Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading

On music-scores.com we have nearly twenty arrangements of Max Regel’s May’s Lullaby all in PDF format.

For further reading on this composer why not take a look at Wikipedia and Britannica.

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