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Clarinet Quintet A major op. 146

About the Composer

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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.

Alle diese Werke liegen nun im G. Henle Verlag in gewohnt ausgezeichneten Urtext-Ausgaben vor, die insbesondere bei den Sonaten eine echte Bereicherung und Verbesserung im Vergleich zu bisherigen Editionen bedeuten (...). Endlich eine Ausgabe mit Taktzahlen! Die Lesbarkeit des so undurchdringlichen Klavierparts hat durch mehr Großzügigkeit entscheidend gewonnen, und auch die Klarinettenstimme stellt sich freundlicher, übersichtlicher und mit mehr Raum für Eintragungen dar.

Das Liebhaberorchester, 2016

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