Max Reger

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... read moreMax Reger (1873-1916) was a post-Romantic composer whose intensely chromatic and highly contrapuntal music was some of the most elaborate of any period. Born in Bavaria, Reger began organ studies at 11 and early on venerated Bach, but four years later he visited Bayreuth, where he was exposed to...

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3 Suites For Cello Solo Op. 131C: Suite No.1 G Major : Fuga - Allegro
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3 Suites For Cello Solo Op. 131C: Suite No. 2 D Minor : Prelude - Largo
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Max Reger: Variations And Fugue On "America": Variations And Fugue On "America"
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3 Suites For Cello Solo Op. 131C: Suite No. 3 A Minor : Andante Con Variazioni
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3 Suites For Cello Solo Op. 131C: Suite No. 2 D Minor : Largo
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Biography

Active: 1890s-1910s
Country Of origin: Germany

Reger is considered by many to be the most important composer to elaborate on the stylistic traits of Brahms and move German music into the 20th century. He was an extremely prolific composer, surpassing many of the 19th-century masters in volume during his short life. He was also a driven man, consumed by hard living. Reger composed in most every form of the time, except opera and the symphony proper. His style is contrapuntally dense, with extremely fast modulations lending an atonal feel to many of his lines, though the music remains strictly tonal in its harmonic direction. He was one of the main composers to resuscitate the fugue as a living, independent form. His organ music is considered by many to be second only to Bach's in depth and significance. This, along with much of his output, requires a large degree of virtuosity. His orchestral writing is virtually opaque in color -- some would say turgid -- having something of the feel of organ registrations, though it lightens with age. Even in his concertos, he often draws upon Protestant hymns as thematic material. His large volume of chamber music is perhaps his most significant contribution to the concert repertory. This part of his output contains some of the largest and most emotionally draining music in its genre. ~ Todd McComb~ Rovi

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