Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger

Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger was born in Valduz (Liechtenstein) on 17 March 1839 and studied at the Hauser Conservatory in Munich, where the twelve-year-old was then considered the youngest and most talented student at the institute. In 1859 he was employed as a piano teacher at the Munich Conservatory and as organist at the church of St. Michael. Rheinberger’s first compositions were published by Peters from this time onwards. From 1864 he was solo répétiteur at the Munich Court Opera, where he took part in the world premiere of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, among other works. In 1876 he was appointed professor of composition and organ playing at the newly founded Royal School of Music. Just one year later he took up the post of court conductor in Munich, succeeding Franz Wüllner, which he gave up in 1894 in order to devote himself fully to his compositions. Rheinberger died in Munich on 25 November 1901. He left behind numerous works, including masses, songs, symphonic instrumental music and operas. His Wallenstein Symphony, the opera The Seven Ravens, his Requiem in B flat minor and his Florentine Symphony op. 87 were particularly successful during his lifetime.

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