The Straube Code

Max Reger used double-beat metronome notation until about 1908. As a result, it is generally believed that the tempos indicated in Karl Straube’s Reger editions from 1912 and 1919 are about twice as slow as those of the original editions. Shedding new light on that apparent discrepancy, this study offers new perspectives on the controversial theory of metronome notations set forth by Willem Retze Talsma in 1980.

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“The serious interpreter of Reger's organ music will want to take into account all of the evidence presented here” (The American Organist, October 2008)

“This pamphlet deserves to be widely read, as it is a valuable addition to the repertoire and the understanding of a composer of such complexity” (The Organ, May 2008)