Music by Josef Gabriel Rheinberger
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, born in Vaduz in Liechtenstein, was regarded as a great of European stature in the second half of the 19th century: much sought-after as a composition teacher and highly regarded as a composer, as Professor at the Munich Conservatoire and Bavarian court Kapellmeister, he influenced a whole generation of musicians. But despite the high musical quality of his works, many of them fell into oblivion after his death in 1901. Rheinberger remained familiar mainly as a composer of organ music and sacred works, including his famous Abendlied (evening hymn), Bleib bei uns op. 69, no. 3. Today, however, the less well-known parts of his output are increasingly being heard, such as the chamber music, secular choral music, and piano and orchestral music – a development which owes much to the publication of his works in the Complete Edition and numerous separate editions published by Carus-Verlag.