Johann Baptist Joseph Maximilian Reger was a famous composer, conductor, organist and teacher from southern Germany. Germany issued this stamp in May 2, 1991, the 75th anniversary (to the month) of Reger's death. Reger wrote for many instruments but is best known for his organ works. He was a master of the fugal form. His music is also characterized by chromaticism and what is often called absolute music; that being said much of his organ music is based on hymn-tunes. The stamp includes a row of pipes without reference to a specific organ.