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Max Reger
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Composer
    (March 19, 1873-May 11, 1916)
    Born in Brand, Germany
    Birth name was Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger
    Composer, conductor, pianist and organist
    Compositions include 'Bocklin Suite,' 'Suite in the Old Style,' 'Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart' and 'Fantasy and Fugue on Bach'
    His compositions were generally considered ponderous, overly complex and cluttered with too many notes.
    New York Times critic Irving Kolodin wrote, 'Reger might be epitomized as a composer whose name is the same either forward or backward and whose music, curiously, often displays the same characteristic.'
    He was a heavy drinker, and not just of alcohol -- he once became ill from overindulging in lemonade.
    Critic Paul Rosenfeld wrote, 'This Reger is a sarcastic, churlish fellow, bitter and pedantic and rude.'
    After a meeting, Igor Stravinsky said, 'He and his music repulsed me in about equal measure.'
    Arnold Schoenberg said, 'I consider him a genius.'
    He had perfect pitch.
    He came up with the best ever kiss off to a critic, writing to one, 'I am sitting in the smallest room of my house. I have your review before me. In a moment, it will be behind me.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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