Reger, Max (mäks rāˈgər) [key], 1873–1916, German composer; he studied with Hugo Riemann in Wiesbaden. Through his sensitive interpretations of Mozart and Bach he won acclaim as a pianist. In 1901 he settled in Munich, where he taught composition and organ, and from 1907 until his death he taught at the Leipzig Conservatory. In 1911 he became conductor of the court orchestra at Meiningen. He was highly esteemed in Germany for his organ music, which exhibits extreme polyphonic complexity and a consummate technique. Among his important compositions for the organ are Fantasy and Fugue in C Minor (1898) and Fantasy and Fugue on Bach (1900). His enormous output also includes Improvisation (1898), for pianos; the Symphonic Prologue to a Tragedy, for orchestra; and more than 300 songs.
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