Variationen und Fuge über ein Thema von Johann Adam Hiller

Münchner Stadtbibliothek, Musikbibliothek


The Variations and Fugue for Orchestra op. 100 on a theme by Johann Adam Hiller (1728-1804) from the musical comedy "Der Aerndtekranz" (The Harvest Wreath) undoubtedly belong to Max Reger's (1873-1916) major works. Strongly influenced in style by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), he showed his admiration for the art of the counterpoint of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) in the final fugue. The autograph belongs to a collection of six musical manuscripts, which were offered to the Musikbibliothek by Max Reger's widow, Elsa Reger (1870-1951), in 1938. After some hesitation, the city council agreed to the purchase and acquired the autograph for 8,000 Reichsmark at that time. Noteworthy are the massive deletions on pages 39 and 94, which are an example of how Reger repeatedly discarded or switched variations.