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Max Reger

  • Birth 19 Mar 1873 Brand, Tirschenreuther Landkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
  • Death 11 May 1916 Leipzig, Leipziger Stadtkreis, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
  • Burial Grosshadern, Münchener Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
  • Memorial ID 7147604

Composer, Conductor, Pianist. Born Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger in Brand, Bavaria. He grew up in the nearby town of Weiden, to where his family had moved a year after his birth. He studied at the local school where his father worked as a teacher. He received his earliest training in harmony and piano from his parents before meeting Adalbert Lindner, who is an organist in Weiden and one of his fathers former students. Linder recognizes his talents and recomments him to the great organ teacher Hugo Riemann. In April of 1890 he left home to study with Riemann at the Sondershausen Conservatory, even changing schools when Riemann left Sondershausen for the Wiesbaden Conservatory in April 1891. In October 1896 he joined the military as a one-year volunteer. Heavily in debt and in poor health, due to an ulcer at the neck he is released after a year. In consequence of his military service and professional setbacks, he suffers a nervous and physical breakdown and returns to her parents house back in 1898. In Weiden his productivity increases enormously and he can persuade his family to move to Munich. In 1902 he marries Elsa von Bercken a divorced protestant, which results in his excommunication. In 1905 he followed Joseph Rheinberger as a professor of counterpoint at Royal Academy of the Art of Music in Munich, but due disagreements with the predominantly conservative faculty he leaves after only one year. In the following year he's appointed music director at the University of Leipzig and conductor of the University Choir St. Pauli. Although he resigned his post as director and conductor after a year, he continued teaching composition there for the rest of his life. Duke Georg II von Sachsen-Meiningen appoints him court conductor in Meiningen in 1911. Due to overwork and his continued abuse of alcohol he breaks down in February 1914 during a concert in Hagen. He is forced to cancel all concerts of the tour and gives up the position as court conductor. The family moves to Jena from where he travels every other week to Leipzig to teach his class and meet friends. On May 10 he taught his class at the conservatory and then had dinner with Henri Hinrichsen. During the night he suffered a heart attack in his Hotel. When his wife moved from Jena to Munich in 1930 she had his urn buried at the Waldfriedhof.

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  • Originally Created by: Rudi Polt
  • Added: 4 Feb 2003
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Max Reger (19 Mar 1873–11 May 1916), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7147604, citing Waldfriedhof München, Grosshadern, Münchener Stadtkreis, Bavaria (Bayern), Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave .