Joseph Rheinberger

Biography

Born: March 17, 1839; Vaduz, Lichtenstein   Died: November 25, 1901; Munich, Germany  
Joseph Rheinberger, influential German composer, organist, conductor, and teacher, was the son of the Prince of Liechtenstein's treasurer Johann Peter Rheinberger. His exceptional musical gifts astounded his first teacher, Sebastian Pohli, who instructed him from the age of five. As a child, Rheinberger progressed so rapidly that by the time he was just seven, he was already an organist in his hometown of Vaduz. By 1848, he had a complete mastery Read more of harmony and had graduated to the piano and organ classes of Philipp Schmutzer, who introduced him to the works of J.S. Bach and the Viennese classicists. Rheinberger's father, who initially resisted his pursuing a musical career, finally submitted to persuasion from the composer Nagiller to permit the boy to study in Munich. He was allowed to settle there in 1851 and the city became his permanent home thereafter.

Rheinberger studied theory with J.H. Maier, organ with J.G. Herzog, and piano with J.E. Leonhard at the Munich Conservatory. By 1853, he was employed as organist at several city churches and supplementing his income offering private tuition. He dedicated every free moment to composition, and during the next few years wrote well over 100 apprentice works; none met with his approval, and they were never published. Rheinberger's four piano pieces, Op. 1, finally appeared in 1859, the same year he joined the staff of the conservatory to teach piano and music theory. In 1864, he also became the conductor of the Munich Oratorienverein, holding the post until 1877.

Rheinberger worked for a while as a coach at the court opera, witnessing Wagner's premiere of Tristan und Isolde. In 1867, he was appointed professor at the conservatory -- a position he would hold until his death. During the same year, he married a former pupil, Franziska von Hoffnaass. Rheinberger was increasingly prone to poor health, but continued to work, almost without interruption. 1877 saw his appointment as hofkapellmeister and in 1894 he was ennobled, receiving the title of privy councillor.

Rheinberger died in 1901, shortly after his retirement. His grave in Munich was destroyed during World War II and his remains were transferred in 1950 to his birthplace. Hans von Bülow, a great conductor and tireless advocate of Rheinberger's music, called him "a truly ideal teacher of composition, unrivalled in the whole of Germany and beyond in skill, refinement, and devotion to his subject; in short, one of the worthiest musicians and human beings in the world." Read less
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  • 1.
    Moschelles - Hindemith - Rheinberger: Horn Sonatas
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4765254 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ignaz Moscheles,  Paul Hindemith,  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Daniel Blumenthal,  Barry Tuckwell
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    Reger & Rheinberger
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1302 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Reger,  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Peter Kofler
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    Lebensgebete: Music And Devotion
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6079 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Edvard Grieg,  Peter Cornelius  ... 
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    In Dulci Jubilo: Christmas Organ Music
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 13027 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Recorded Sound,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Theodor Grünberger,  Marianus Königsperger  ... 
    Performer:  Norbert Düchtel
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    Rheinberger: Die Wasserfee / Teuscher, Muller, Weller, Payer
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83376 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Lydia Teuscher,  Christine Müller,  Andreas Weller,  Klaus Hager  ... 
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    Deutsche Motette: German Romantic Choral Music From Schubert To Strauss
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34124 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Timothy [Bass Vocals] Mirfin,  Helen Massey,  Victoria [Soprano Vocal] Holden,  Charity [Soprano Vocal] Mapletoft  ... 
    Conductor:  David Trendell,  Geoffrey Webber
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    Rheinberger: Missa et Hymni / Edmundson, Loomer, Elektra Women's Choir
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83329 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Conductor:  Morna Edmundson,  Diane Loomer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elektra Women's Choir
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    Historical Organs Of Southeastern Massachusetts
    Label: Organ Historical   Catalog: 5 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  H. Alexander Matthews,  Edward MacDowell,  Traditional,  M. Searle Wright  ... 
    Performer:  Brian Jones,  Peter Krasinski,  Cheryl Drewes,  Thomas W. D. Guthrie  ... 
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    Rheinberger: Du sonnige wonnige Welt - Secular Works for Men's Voices / Die Singphoniker
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83409 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Die Singphoniker
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    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 5173 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Juan Bautista José Cabanilles,  Francisco Correa de Arauxo,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolo Sari,  Jorge Garcia Martin
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    The Pope Benedict Organ
    Label: Tyx Art   Catalog: 13018 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger,  Johann Melchior Dreyer,  Johann Kaspar Kerll,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger,  Norbert Düchtel,  Edgar Krapp,  Wolfgang Seifen
    Conductor:  Josef Kohlhaufl
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    Munchner Komponisten / Hans Leitner
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 13641 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Conrad Paumann,  Johann Kaspar Kerll,  Franz Xaver Murschhauser,  Franz Paul Lachner  ... 
    Performer:  Hans Leitner
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    Ein Hofer Konigspaar: Die Orgeln In St. Marien Und St. Michaelis
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6072 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent Lübeck,  Henry Purcell,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Georg Stanek,  Cornelius Kelber,  Ludger Stuhlmeyer,  Eva Grabner  ... 
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    Hymn To The Dawn / Etherea Vocal Ensemble
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3431 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Amy Marcy Beach,  Joseph Rheinberger  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Murchie
    Conductor:  Derek Greten-Harrison
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Etherea Vocal Ensemble
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    Mitten wir im Leben sind - Romantic Music for Male Chorus / Metternich, Collegium Vocale Limburg
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83323 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Cornelius
    Performer:  Johannes Kalpers,  Hans Jürgen Wulf
    Conductor:  Eberhard Metternich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limburg Collegium Vocale
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    L'orgue De Concert, Vol. 11: Bossi... And Friends
    Label: Syrius   Catalog: 141444 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marco Enrico Bossi,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  Gustaf Hägg  ... 
    Performer:  Massimo Nosetti
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    Orgelkonzert  / Matthias Suss
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1207 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Alexandre Guilmant,  Joseph Rheinberger,  César Franck,  Max Reger
    Performer:  Matthias Suss
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    Soli Deo Gloria / Benjamin Isachsen
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christian Sinding
    Performer:  Magne H. Draagen,  Benjamin Isachsen,  Elise Batnes,  Henninge Landaas  ... 
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    Spectrum / Thevenot, Las Cantantes Women's Choir, University Of New Mexico
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 938 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Chilcott,  Bradley Ellingboe,  Kinley Lange,  Joseph Rheinberger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Las Cantantes,  Stu Macaskie Trio
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    Nun Lasst Uns Frohlich Sein / Ratzinger, Regensburger Domspatzen
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 23355 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Leo Hassler,  Orlando de Lassus,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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    Organs Of Edinburgh
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34100 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Percy Whitlock,  Alfred Hollins,  Louis Vierne,  Dietrich Buxtehude  ... 
    Performer:  John Kitchen,  Thomas Laing-Reilly,  Andrew Caskie,  Duncan Ferguson  ... 
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  • 22.
    Luminous Shade
    Label: Twopianists (Label)   Catalog: 1039145 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eugène Bozza,  Hendrik Hofmeyr,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Arthur Benjamin  ... 
    Performer:  Nina Schumann,  Maria du Toit
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  • 23.
    Schumann Soireestucke / Shinohe, Spiri
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 28225 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Maria Elisabeth von Sachsen-Meiningen,  Carl Reinecke  ... 
    Performer:  Seiki Shinohe,  Anthony Spiri
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  • 24.
    Illumina: Music Of Light
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 2758053 Release Date: 04/02/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Barrington Pheloung,  Morten Lauridsen,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  George Coltart,  Rachel Wick,  Adrian Hutton,  David Lee  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
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  • 25.
    Isn't It Romantic
    Label: Disc Makers   Catalog: 5637906818 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck,  Anton Heiller  ... 
    Performer:  G. Fredrick Guzasky
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