Max Reger

German composer, pianist and conductor
The composer at work, painting by Franz Nölken, 1913

Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger (19 March 187311 May 1916) was a German composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and academic teacher.

About RegerEdit

  • This Reger is a sarcastic, churlish fellow, bitter and pedantic and rude. He is a sort of musical Cyclops, a strong, ugly creature bulging with knotty and unshapely muscles, an ogre of composition. In listening to these works...one is perforce reminded of the photograph of Reger which his publishers place on the cover of their catalogue of his works, the photograph that shows something that is like a swollen, myopic beetle with thick lips and sullen expression, crouching on an organ bench.
    • Anonymous article in Musical Portraits (1920), as quoted in Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven's Time (1965) by Nicolas Slonimsky, p.120

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