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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  • 151.
    Rheinberger: Complete Organ Works Vol 1 / Rudolf Innig
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3170891 Release Date: 09/21/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Rudolf Innig
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  • 152.
    Ries, Rheinberger, R. Strauss: Music For Horn & Piano / Hill
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 373 Release Date: 06/29/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger,  Richard Strauss,  Ferdinand Ries
    Performer:  Karen Zaczek Hill,  Douglas Hill
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  • 153.
    Julian Lloyd Webber - Cello Moods
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462588 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Alexander Glazunov,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  Jayson Mariano Kouchak
    Conductor:  James Judd,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Concert Orchestra
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  • 154.
    Edwardian Music For Organ - Bridge, Parry, Et Al / Ramsey
    Label: Afka   Catalog: 546 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger,  Edwin Lemare,  Cyril Jenkins,  Easthope Martin  ... 
    Performer:  Gordon Clark Ramsey
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  • 155.
    Marcello, Cimarosa, Bach, Et Al / Pecha, Paukert, Janacek Co
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 721 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Cimarosa,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Hermann Schroeder,  Jan Koetsier  ... 
    Performer:  Pamela Pecha,  Karel Paukert,  Marek Zvolánek,  Bohuslav Matousek  ... 
    Conductor:  Petr Vronsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Chamber Orchestra
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  • 156.
    German Romantic Organ Music / Robert Parkins
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49096 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Richard Strauss,  Franz Liszt,  Joseph Rheinberger  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Parkins
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  • 157.
    Lachner, Rheinberger: Nonets / Ensemble Wien-berlin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 58971 Release Date: 02/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lachner,  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  HansJörg Schellenberger,  Wolfgang Schulz,  Karl Leister,  Milan Turkovic  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Wien-Berlin members
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  • 158.
    Rheinberger, Guilmant And Their American Pupils / Weyer
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 410 Release Date: 12/16/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Martin Weyer
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  • 159.
    Josef Rheinberger Vol 1 - Sonate No 2, Etc / Michael Pohl
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 12211 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Michael Pohl
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  • 160.
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 12241 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Clemens Ganz
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  • 161.
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 40221 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Ulrich Meldau
    Conductor:  Daniel Schweizer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Symphony Orchestra
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  • 162.
    Label: Motette   Catalog: 12251 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Sabine Steinmetz
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  • 163.
    The Romantic Mass - Rheinberger, Brahms /Conte, St Clement's
    Label: Dorian Discovery   Catalog: 80137 Release Date: 11/20/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger,  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Peter Richard Conte
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St Clement's Choir Philadelphia
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  • 164.
    Josef Rheinberger Organ Works Vol 3 / Bruce Stevens
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 220 Release Date: 11/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Bruce Stevens
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  • 165.
    Works For Violin & Organ Vol 1 / Murray-lohuis Duo
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 200 Release Date: 11/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Oreste Ravanello,  John Stanley,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Jan Bender  ... 
    Performer:  Ardyth Lohuis,  Robert Murray
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Murray-Lohuis Duo
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  • 166.
    Historic Organs Of Baltimore / Armstrong, Ballinger, Bowie
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 91 Release Date: 09/26/1995   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wely,  Charles Zeuner,  Healey Willan  ... 
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  • 167.
    Historic Organs Of Milwaukee
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 90 Release Date: 09/26/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Benoit, Paul, Dom,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  John Schwandt,  Stephen Cushman,  Michael B. Hoerig,  Thomas Murray  ... 
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  • 168.
    Historic Organs Of New Orleans
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 89 Release Date: 09/26/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Carl Nielsen,  James Hewitt,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Mary Matthys,  Bruce Stevens,  Garry Savoie,  Lenora McCroskey  ... 
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  • 169.
    Historic Organs Of San Francisco
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 88 Release Date: 09/26/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Jeanne Demessieux,  Théodore Dubois,  Louis J.A. Lefébure-Wely  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hazleton,  Robert F. Bates,  Rosalind Mohnsen,  Marilyn Stulken  ... 
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  • 170.
    Josef Rheinberger Organ Works Vol 1 / Bruce Stevens
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 140 Release Date: 07/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Bruce Stevens
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  • 171.
    Works For Violin & Organ Vol 2 - Rondo / Murray, Lohuis
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 230 Release Date: 01/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz,  Leo Sowerby,  Jan Bender  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Murray,  Ardyth Lohuis
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  • 172.
    Rheinberger: Organ Works Vol 2 / Bruce Stevens
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 180 Release Date: 10/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
    Performer:  Bruce Stevens
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  • 173.
    Christmas At Trinity / Strege, Trinity Episcopal Choir
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3129 Release Date: 01/03/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Anonymous,  Henri Mulet,  Joseph Rheinberger  ... 
    Performer:  George C. Baker,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir,  Joan Osborne,  Kevin Walsh
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Trinity College Choir
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  • 174.
    The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 2 / Michael Ponti
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5065 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Carl Reinecke,  Henry Charles Litolff  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti
    Conductor:  Volke Schmidt-Gertenbach,  Pierre Cao,  Louis de Froment,  Othmar M. F. Mága
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica
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  • 175.
    Josef Rheinberger: Klavierquartett; Cellosonate; Hornsonate
    Label: Thorofon   Catalog: 2108 Release Date: 07/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Rheinberger
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