He was later awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. A distinguished teacher, he numbered many Americans among his pupils, including Horatio Parker, William Berwald, George Whitefield Chadwick, Bruno Klein, and Henry Holden Huss. When the present Conservatorium was founded in Munich, Rheinberger was appointed its professor of organ and composition, a post he held until his death. He was also given the title "Royal Professor". Rheinberger was a prolific composer.
His religious works include twelve masses (one for double chorus, three for four voices a cappella, three for women's voices and organ, two for men's voices and one with orchestra), a requiem, and a Stabat Mater. His other works include several operas, symphonies, chamber music, and choral works. Today he is remembered almost exclusively for his elaborate and challenging organ compositions; these include two concertos, 20 sonatas, 22 trios, 12 Meditations, 24 fughettos, and 36 solo pieces. His organ sonatas were once declared to be "undoubtedly the most valuable addition to organ music since the time of Mendelssohn.
They are characterized by a happy blending of the modern romantic spirit with masterly counterpoint and dignified organ style." —J. Weston Nicholl, Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1908 edition), volume 4, page 85 He is buried in the Alter Südfriedhof in Munich. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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