1. Weiden

Reger in Erbendorf with his uncle and aunt Roll (1899). – Max-Reger-Institut, Karlsruhe.
Reger in Erbendorf with his uncle and aunt Roll (1899). – Max-Reger-Institut, Karlsruhe.

The creative high spirits last. Reger composes piano pieces, further organ works, chamber music and lieder. Karl Straube continues the series of premiere performances with the first Sonata in F sharp minor, Op. 33, and the Chorale Fantasia on »Wie schön leucht’t uns der Morgenstern«, Op. 40, no. 1, and in Munich he performs Reger’s Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, Op. 29, in the presence of the composer.

In May/June Reger spends several weeks in Schneewinkl with Auguste von Bagenski, her daughter Elsa, who has been divorced in April, and her cousin Berthel, whom he had given piano lessons in Wiesbaden. He falls in love with Elsa and composes ten love songs; but his courtship is rejected by her because she remembers his Wiesbaden crisis period too well.

In September Reger is a guest of the violinist Josef Hösl in Munich for a couple of days; on this occasion he meets Henrik Ibsen, whom he greatly admires throughout his life. He thanks Hösl by dedicating his third Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 41, to him. With the Four Sonatas, Op. 42, die which quickly became popular, he takes up the old genre of composition for solo violin for the first time.

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.


Max Reger Biography – 1899, in: Max-Reger-Portal, www.maxreger.info/biography/1899, Max Reger Biography Data, V. 3.1.0, last check: 15th July 2024.