When only seven years old, he was already serving as organist of the Vaduz parish church, and his first composition was performed the following year. In , he studied with composer Philipp M. Schmutzer 31 December — 17 November in Feldkirch, Vorarlberg. Not long after graduating, he became professor of piano and of composition at the same institution.
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Scoring: choir Abendlied Evening song , Op. It has been regarded as his best-known sacred composition. He wrote the first version in at the age of At age 24, he revised the motet, for example eliminating repetition of notes and changing the marking. He published it in by N. Simrock in Berlin as No. A Latin version "Mane nobiscum quoniam advesperascit, inclinata est iam dies" was written in for a performance on Easter Monday of at the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche in Munich, which only permitted Latin for liturgical singing.
It was published by Carus-Verlag. Carus published a recording titled Abendlied, a collection of sacred vocal music by Rheinberger, performed by the Vancouver Cantata Singers conducted by James Fankhauser.
The music in F major is marked Andante molto. The text is mostly sung syllabically. The three upper voices begin with a F major chord, held for three beats on "Bleib" Bide and repeated for "bei" with , changing to an A minor chord on "uns" us , when the lower three voices begin a similar pattern.
Arrangement created in an obbligato accompaniment with independent lines in counterpoint. It can be played on an organ or by a small orchestra of flutes, clarinets, horns and strings.
3 Geistliche Gesänge, Op.69 (Rheinberger, Josef Gabriel)
Rehearsal/Übungsstück: Abendlied (Bleib bei uns) – Josef G. Rheinberger