Secular vocal music by Josef Gabriel Rheinberger

Josef Gabriel Rheinberger's secular choral music remains even today an undiscovered gem. Few people are aware that Rheinberger's popularity during his lifetime was due largely to his secular choral music. He was an honorary member of numerous choirs both in Germany and abroad. Poets would send him their texts to be set to music and his publishers pressed him to compose new works. Rheinberger penned 234 choral works, including 27 cycles for a cappella chorus and 5 choral ballads with orchestra.