Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue

Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue
Organ music by Max Reger
Reger in 1913
KeyE minor
CatalogueOp. 127
Composed1913 (1913)
DedicationKarl Straube
Published1913 (1913)

Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue (German: Introduction, Passacaglia und Fuge) in E minor, Op. 127, is an extended composition for organ by Max Reger, composed in 1913 and dedicated to Karl Straube who played the premiere in Breslau on 24 September. It was published in November that year in Berlin by Bote & Bock.


Reger composed the work in Meiningen, Thuringia, Germany in April and May 1913. He wrote the organ piece with the intent for it to be performed for organ concerts, rather than for church services, called "in grand style"[1] ("ganz großen Stils").[2] Reger composed the work on a commission for the opening celebrations of a new concert hall in Breslau, the Centennial Hall (Jahrhunderthalle).[3]

Reger revived organ concert music which had become unfashionable. In Karl Straube, he had an organist and friend who was able to play technically difficult music, and to influence the composition.[4] The markings for expression are believed to have been influenced by Straube.[1] Reger dedicated the work to Straube who played the first performance in Breslau on 24 September 1913.[5] The composition was published in November 2013 in Berlin by Ed. Bote & G. Bock.[5]