This Reger is a sarcastic, churlish fellow, bitter and pedantic and rude.
Above all, the stylistic severity of Brahms in Reger has become a confusion of styles; an absence of style.
In other forms we see this happy reaction towards ancient art, as in the organ music of a Reger.
And so, instead of being Brahms's successor, Reger is to-day seen as the very contrary of Brahms.
With Reger one seems to be impressed with tremendous effort and little result.
And so, freighted with too much erudition and too little wisdom, Reger went aground.
His father was school-teacher at Weiden in the Palatinate, and Reger, it was hoped, would follow his profession.
No doubt, Reger loved the mathematical solidity and balance of the older music, and therefore sought to assimilate it.
Reger certainly knew the art of talking with an astonishing show of logic, and yet saying nothing.
Reger seemed on the verge of gaining a place among the immortals.