RWA online Encyclopedia Biography 1907



1. Munich

During a concert stay in Karlsruhe, Reger receives his appointment as university music director and professor at the Royal Conservatoire in Leipzig; while giving up the first job as soon as the following year, he retains his master class for composition established especially for him until his death. Its reputation radiates all over the world and attracts students from home and abroad.

2. Leipzig

The Reger couple with their adopted daughter  in  on the Baltic Sea (1907). – Max-Reger-Institut, Karlsruhe, Elsa Reger’s private album of photographs.
The Reger couple with their adopted daughter Christa in Kolberg on the Baltic Sea (1907). – Max-Reger-Institut, Karlsruhe, Elsa Reger’s private album of photographs.

In March, Max and Elsa Reger move to Leipzig with a 90-year-old great-aunt; in July, the childless couple take the orphan Christa into the family. A generous financial grant from Henri Hinrichsen of the publishing house C.F. Peters enables Reger to limit his concert activity for one year and to concentrate on his large-scale symphonic works, his “Herzblutwerke”1. With them, Reger achieves recognition as the leading German composer alongside Richard Strauss. The Dutch Maatschappij tot Bevordering der Toonkunst makes Reger an honorary member. The attempt to break the unfavourable tie to the publishers Lauterbach & Kuhn, who demand from him light and saleable works, and to change to C.F. Peters fails. Reger intervenes in the dispute about musical progress with two combative articles (Musik und Fortschritt [RWV Schriften A8], Degeneration und Regeneration in der Musik [RWV Schriften A10]) and comes into open opposition to his former teacher Hugo Riemann.

Reger speaks of his »works written with heart blood« for the first time in a letter of 7 September 1907 to Henri Hinrichsen, in Peters-Briefe, pp. 195.

Postal items from this year whose sender or addressee is Max Reger.

Images from the Max Reger Foto Gallery that originate from this year and have a direct reference to Max Reger.

Object reference

Max Reger Biography – 1907, in: Reger-Werkausgabe,, last check: 21st July 2024.


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