Sunday, March 16, 2014

Early Birthday Celebrations

On March 17th, 1839, organist and composer Josef Gabriel Rheinberger was born in Vaduz. At the age of 12, Rheinberger, whose father was the treasurer of Prince Alois II of Liechtenstein, moved to the capital of the Kingdom of Bavaria where he attended the Munich Conservatorium. In 1877, he was appointed court conductor of King Ludwig II, the swan king, and thus played a major rule in the development of German Catholic church music. Until his death in 1901, Rheinberger composed twelve masses, a requiem and a stabat mater as well as several operas, symphonies, chamber music and choral works. (Yes, I totally looked that up on Wikipedia.) Earlier today, a mass was celebrated at Vaduz cathedral to remember one of Liechtenstein's greatest son and among those in attendance were Prince Hans-Adam II as well as Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie.

Source: Volksblatt, Wikipedia

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