Reger, Max

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Reger, Max Gender: M
born on 19 March 1873 at 03:30 (= 03:30 AM )
Place Brand, Germany, 50n43, 6e09
Timezone LMT m6e09 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 28°36' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 24°19 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 17°41'

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German organist, composer, conductor and teacher who followed the footsteps of Johannes Brahms. Extremely prolific, he composed for the organ as well as choral and orchestral works and chamber music. Among his many varied creations are " Fantasy," "Böcklin Suite," "Fugue in C Minor," "Improvisation" and "Fugue on Bach."

Although born in Brand, Bavaria, Reger grew up in Weiden where he studied piano with his mother and learned to play the violin and organ from his father. From 1884-89, he took piano lessons with Adalbert Lindner and filled in as a substitute organist at his local Catholic Church.

In 1890, he undertook studies with Hugo Reinmann at the Academy of Music; when Reinmann left and joined the Weisbaden Conservatory, Reger transferred there as well. By 1901, he had established himself professionally in Munich, and in 1907, he became Professor of Composition at the Leipzig Conservatory. He began conducting the court orchestra at Meiningen in 1911.

Reger married Eisa von Bagenski in 1902.

A driven man, his life was one of hard living and tireless work. He became seriously ill in 1898 and returned to his childhood home to recuperate. In 1914, while still quite a young man, he experienced a nervous breakdown, from which he never fully recovered. He suffered a stroke, alone in a hotel, and died on 5/11/1916, Leipzig. Karl Straube, a close friend, found the body. Describing Reger’s final facial expression, he said that his friend must have seen overpowering apparitions on his way to the Unknown Land and that "the things of great importance in his life had a religious connection."

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  • Social : Begin a program of study 1884 (Piano lessons from Adalbert Lindner, five years)
  • Health : Chronic illness 1898 (Became seriously ill)
  • Work : New Career 1901 (Professional organ/piano player)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1902 (Eisa von Bagenski)
  • Work : New Career 1907 (Professor of Composition at the Leipzig Conservatory)
  • Work : Gain social status 1911 (Began conducting the court orchestra)
  • Mental Health : Anxiety attack 1914 (Nervous breakdown)
  • Death by Heart Attack 11 May 1916 at 12:00 noon in Leipzig, Germany (Stroke, age 43)
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Source Notes

Circles quotes Snethlage; Taeger verifies record accuracy

Sy Scholfield quotes 3:15 AM in "Der junge Reger: Briefe und Dokumente vor 1900" by Max Reger (Breitkopf & Härtel, 2000), p. 21: "Reger wurde am 19. März 1873 früh um 3.15 Uhr im Schulhaus zu Brand, einem kleinen Dorf im Fichtelgebirge, als erster Sohn des dortigen Lehrers Joseph Reger und seiner Ehefrau Philomena, geb. Reichenberger, geboren ..."


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (Terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Age 25, seriously ill)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Nervous Breakdown
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Professor of composition)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (Composer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor (Conductor)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Organ, piano)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher