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Ach bleib mit deiner Gnade op. 135a,1
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr op. 135a,2
Alles ist an Gottes Segen op. 135a,3
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir op. 135a,4
Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott op. 135a,5
Eins ist Not; ach Herr, dies Eine op. 135a,6


On 28 February 1914, Max Reger collapsed after giving a concert in Hagen, Westphalia. The composer was completely exhausted from the demands of almost daily concert appearances, whether as a soloist and chamber musician at the piano or as the conductor of the court orchestra in Meiningen. He returned to Meiningen seriously ill (the diagnosis read “paralysis of the nerves” ... more

About the Composer


Max Reger

Late-Romantic composer who combines a chromatic tonal language with Baroque and Classical forms, thus anticipating 1920s neoclassicism.

1873Born in Brand (Upper Palatinate) on March 19, the son of a teacher. First piano lessons from his mother.
1888After a visit to Bayreuth (for Meistersinger and Parsifal), decides on a career in music.
1890–93Studies with Hugo Riemann at the conservatory in Wiesbaden, composes chamber works. Thereafter he endeavors to publish his own works as a freelance composer, albeit with multiple failures.
1898Return to his parents’ home in Weiden. Composition of organ works: choral fantasies, “Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H,” Op. 46 (1900); Symphonic Fantasy and Fugue (“Inferno”), Op. 57.
1901–07Living in Munich.
1903Publication of his “On the Theory of Modulation,” causing Riemann to feel attacked because Reger espouses a different understanding of the role of chromatics. “Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme,” Op. 73.
1904Breakthrough with his first performance for the Allgemeine Deutsche Musikverein (General German Music Association). First volume of his “Simple Songs” for voice and piano, Op. 76; String Quartet in D minor, Op. 74, one of the most significant works in that genre at the beginning of the century.
From 1905Instructor at Munich’s Academy of Music. “Sinfonietta” in A major, Op. 90.
1907–11Music director and professor of composition at the University of Leipzig. Orchestral work “Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Hiller,” Op. 100.
1909“The 100th Psalm,” Op. 106, his most popular choral work.
1911–14Director of the royal court orchestra of Saxe-Meiningen.
1912“Concerto in the Old Style,” Op. 123. Orchestral song “An die Hoffnung” (“To Hope”), Op. 124.
1913“Four Tone Poems after A. Böcklin” for large orchestra, Op. 128; “A Ballet Suite,” Op. 130.
1914“Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart,” Op. 132
1915He resides in Jena. Late compositions.
1916Death in Leipzig on May 11.

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About the Authors

Michael Kube (Editor)

Dr. Michael Kube, born in 1968 in Kiel, studied musicology (with Friedhelm Krummacher and Heinrich W. Schwab), the history of art and ethnology at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel. Since 1998 he has been a research associate at the New Schubert Edition (Tübingen) and since autumn 2002 also a member of the editorial board.

Kube is on the panels of different juries and music prizes, and is also a member of the Committee for work evaluation (Werkprüfungsausschuss) of VG Music Edition. His research interests include music for keyboard instruments around 1700, 19th century chamber music, early 20th century music history, as well as Scandinavian music history.

Klare Empfehlung.

Kirchenmusik im Bistum Trier, 2014

Avec cette nouvelle édition,

les organistes

bénéficient de la gravure la plus élégante, et de quelques suggestions judicieuses de l’éditeur, en particulier dans le domaine des liaisons et des nuances.

Magazine Orgue 85, 2005

From Henle comes a fine new edition of Reger's short and useful chorale preludes op. 135a of 1914.

Music Teacher, 2004

La presente edizione si distingue per chiarezza e precisione, per la dettagliata prefazione in cui il revisore ci mostra un ritratto a tutto tondo del compositore.Al di là dell'uso liturgico ed eventualmente concertistico questa raccolta si raccomanada soprattutto per la sua valenza didattica, come avviamento e scoperta del mondo sonoro regeriano.

Arte organaria, 2004