The artistic, social and historic context
Max Reger's works originated in the context of his artistic, social and historical environment. For the first time in the field of music editions, this environment is documented, compiled and contextualised in detail in the RWA Encyclopaedia. In addition to the module- and work-specific level, this offers scholars, performers and the public a variety of topic-specific entry points to approach the editions, Reger himself and his oeuvre.
Whether publishers, performers, dedicatees, lyricists or critics – they are all part of Reger’s network and thus, in addition to the historical role models, relevant in the context of the Reger-Werkausgabe.
Publishers, music engravers, journal editors, orchestras, choirs etc. were also part of Reger's cosmos of interaction. He was in daily exchange with individual institutions. He was personally connected to many of them as a musician, teacher or member.
Max Reger wrote countless letters and postcards, usually several per day. They often contain important information about the genesis of the work, but also give insight into his world of thoughts outside of composing. Most of them are available in full transcriptions.
Max Reger always located his creative work in the context and precise knowledge of music and art history. This gives rise to an extensive network of relationships with other works that he used as templates for his vocal compositions or arrangements.