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Hebbel, Christian Friedrich (1813-1863)  

Christian Friedrich Hebbel

born: 1813
died: 1863
country: Germany

Friedrich Hebbel, famed for his historical and biblical dramas, was one of the most distinguished literary men of his day. His work was of constant interest to Schumann – although there was no real friendship between the two men. We know that Schumann read Hebbel’s Judith, Maria Magdalene (a ‘tragedy of common life’ which depicts the lower middle-class milieu from which the poet sprang), the comedy Der Diamant, and the tragedy Agnes Bernauer. Of greatest interest however was Hebbel’s Genoveva, written in 1840, which was the basis for Schumann’s opera of the same name (his only attempt in this genre) which was composed between 1847 and 1848. Clara Schumann visited Hebbel in Vienna in January 1856 and was struck by his stiffness and coldness. Perhaps he disapproved of Schumann’s opera. Hebbel’s study of Hegel’s concepts of history were an important part of his modernising effect on German literature, and his explorations of the Siegfried myth were of significance to Wagner.

A surprising number of composers set Hebbel’s poetry to music: Johannes Brahms (in two songs Op 58 Nos 6 and 7, and a vocal quartet), Liszt, Cornelius, Reger, Wolf (two 1878 songs from the Nachgelassene Lieder, and the better known Die Vöglein published in Sechs Lieder für eine Frauenstimme), Pfitzner, Berg, Othmar Schoeck and Paul Hindemith.

from notes by Graham Johnson

Albums
'Brahms & Schumann: Voices of the Night' (CDA66053)
Brahms & Schumann: Voices of the Night
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'Cornelius: The Three Kings & other choral works' (CDA67206)
Cornelius: The Three Kings & other choral works
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'Reger: Choral Music' (CDA67762)
Reger: Choral Music
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'Schumann & Brahms: Voices of the Night' (CDA66053)
Schumann & Brahms: Voices of the Night
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'Schumann: The Complete Songs' (CDS44441/50)
Schumann: The Complete Songs
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'Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 10 – Kate Royal' (CDJ33110)
Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 10 – Kate Royal
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'Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 3 – Juliane Banse' (CDJ33103)
Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 3 – Juliane Banse
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'Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 7 – Dorothea Röschmann & Ian Bostridge' (CDJ33107)
Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 7 – Dorothea Röschmann & Ian Bostridge
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'Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 9 – Ann Murray & Felicity Lott' (CDJ33109)
Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 9 – Ann Murray & Felicity Lott
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'Women's lives and loves' (CDA67563)
Women's lives and loves
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Abendlied  No 3 of Vier Lieder, Op 92 (Brahms)
Ballade vom Haideknaben  No 1 of Zwei Balladen für Deklamation, Op 122 (Schumann)
Das Glück  No 15 of Lieder-Album für die Jugend, Op 79 (Schumann)
Der Knabe träumt, man schickte ihn fort  First line to Ballade vom Haideknaben, No 1 of Zwei Balladen für Deklamation, Op 122 (Schumann)
Friedlich bekämpfen  First line to Abendlied, No 3 of Vier Lieder, Op 92 (Brahms)
Im Kreise der Vasallen sitzt  First line to Schön Hedwig, Op 106 (Schumann)
Lieder und Gesänge I, Op 27 (Schumann)
Lieder-Album für die Jugend, Op 79 (Schumann)
Requiem 'Seele, vergiß sie nicht' (Cornelius)
Requiem, Op 144b (Reger)
Sag' an, o lieber Vogel mein  No 1 of Lieder und Gesänge I, Op 27 (Schumann)
Schlaf, Kindlein, schlaf  First line to Wiegenlied am Lager eines kranken Kindes, No 4 of Vier Duette, Op 78 (Schumann)
Schön Hedwig, Op 106 (Schumann)
Seele, vergiss sie nicht  First line to Requiem, Op 144b (Reger)
Vier Duette, Op 78 (Schumann)
Vier Lieder, Op 92 (Brahms)
Vöglein vom Zweig  First line to Das Glück, No 15 of Lieder-Album für die Jugend, Op 79 (Schumann)
Wiegenlied am Lager eines kranken Kindes  No 4 of Vier Duette, Op 78 (Schumann)
Zwei Balladen für Deklamation, Op 122 (Schumann)
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