The great veneration that Max Reger (1873–1916) bestowed on a fellow-composer thirteen years his senior, Hugo Wolf (1860–1903), is evident in the many arrangements he produced between 1898 and 1914. Reger seems to have spent large parts of his relatively brief career researching and re-interpreting Wolf’s music.
This Urtext edition contains ten songs from the Spanish Songbook and four songs to poems by Eduard Mörike , all in arrangements by Reger that are noteworthy for their highly sensitive approach to the originals. What was originally chamber music with a spiritual inclination has become church music suitable for performance in services and sacred concerts. The organ arrangements from the Spanish Songbook were reviewed in “Die Musik ” by no less than Karl Straube , the cantor at St. Thomas ’s in Leipzig .
However, the 1908 publication was marred by many mistakes that necessitated the present thoroughly revised scholarly-critical edition.
- Hugo Wolf's songs for voice and organ - Sensitive arrangements by Max Reger - Welcome addition to the church music repertoire - Urtext edition