Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, born in Lichtenstein March 17, 1839, was a respected pianist, organist, and composer. Rheinberger was involved in the performances of Wagner‘s “Tristan und Isolde” and “Die Meistersinger” by the Royal Opera.
Josef Rheinberger began serving as an organist in a Lichtenstein church at the age of 7. Rheinberger attended the Munich Conservatorium, and upon his graduation, served as a professor of piano and composition. In 1867, he married his former pupil, Franziska von Hoffnaass. “Fanny,” as Franziska was referred to, wrote many of the texts for Rheinberger’s vocal work.
Rheinberger was appointed court conductor of the royal chapel in 1877 and received a title of nobility in 1894. Later in his career, Rheinberger served as professor of counterpoint and organ at the Royal School of Music where his notable students included Engelbert Humperdinck.
Besides 20 organ sonatas, Josef Rheinberger wrote operas, church, and chamber music. Today Rheinberger’s birth home houses the Liechtenstein Music School.
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger died November 25, 1901.
View 14 art songs as set by Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger on IPA Source:
Text by Joseph Rheinberger, Set by Joseph Rheinberger, from Drei geistliche Gesänge, Op.69, #3
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