An das Leben WoO VII/14

for voice and piano

N 1 aus einem Cyklus - Joh. Brahms gewidmet

Performance medium
Voice; Piano

Work collection
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Original work
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Reger-Werkausgabe Bd. II/1: Lieder I, S. 2–3.
Herausgeber Alexander Becker, Christopher Grafschmidt, Stefan König, Stefanie Steiner-Grage.
Verlag Carus-Verlag, Stuttgart; Verlagsnummer: CV 52.808.
Erscheinungsdatum Juni 2017.
Notensatz Carus-Verlag, Stuttgart.
Copyright 2017 by Carus-Verlag, Stuttgart and Max-Reger-Institut, Karlsruhe – CV 52.808.
Vervielfältigungen jeglicher Art sind gesetzlich verboten. / Any unauthorized reproduction is prohibited by law.
Alle Rechte vorbehalten. / All rights reserved.
ISMN M-007-17140-7.
ISBN 978-3-89948-268-3.

Text template
First edition

Template edition

Used for comparison purposes in RWA: Christoph August Tiedge: An das Leben, in: Duftende Blüten aus Deutschlands Dichtergarten, 7th edition, Schulbuchhandlung von F. G. L. Geßler, Langensalza [1893], p. 24.

Copy shown in RWA: DE, Karlsruhe, Max-Reger-Institut/Elsa-Reger-Stiftung.


1. Composition and Publication

When precisely Reger set Christoph August Tiedge’s poem An das Leben is unclear. In the volume with copies of the texts which Philomena Reger made, based on the compositional chronology of her son’s songs she was familiar with, the composition is indirectly assigned to 1891.1 The autograph fair copy, as the sole surviving source of the composition could not, however, have been made before summer 1892, as the manuscript was already consistently prepared in two colors.2

The autograph manuscript of An das Leben WoO VII/14 represents a more definitive form of the work than survives for the songs WoO VII/1– 13. The song is therefore published in the main part, and not in the Appendix of the RWA (see Evaluation of the sources). According to the title page it was originally “N 1 aus einem Cyklus – Joh. Brahms gewidmet” [“No 1 of a cycle – dedicated to Joh. Brahms”]. Nothing is known about the extent and content of this collection, ultimately probably rejected, from which Reger seems to have extracted An das Leben as a work which he still acknowledged (see Opus 4).


Translation by Elizabeth Robinson.

The transcription of the poem An das Leben (fol. 8v) is not dated, but beneath both the preceding and the following copy of a text (Gute Nacht! WoO VII/12 and Vergangen, versunken, verklungen WoO VII/15) the date “1891” is found, which relates to the date of composition of Reger’s setting.
Diese besondere Verfahrensweise bei der Manuskriptgestaltung führte Reger in der ca. August 1892 erstellten Stichvorlage der Drei Chöre op. 6 ein und behielt sie dann lebenslang bei (vgl. RWV, Bd. 1, S. 23).

1. Reception

At present, there are no records of performances in Reger's time.

1. Stemma

Die in Klammern gesetzte Quelle ist verschollen.
Die in Klammern gesetzte Quelle ist verschollen.

2. Quellenbewertung

Der Edition liegt als Leitquelle und einzige Quelle die autographe Reinschrift zugrunde.
Das Lied wird im Rahmen der RWA erstmals veröffentlicht.

3. Sources

  • Autographe Reinschrift
Object reference

Max Reger: An das Leben WoO VII/14, in: Reger-Werkausgabe,, last check: 18th May 2024.


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