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Uhland, Johann Ludwig (1787-1862)  

Johann Ludwig Uhland

born: 26 April 1787
died: 13 November 1862
country: Germany

Ludwig Uhland was born on 26 April 1787 in Tübingen, the beautiful university city not far from Stuttgart. Most of his life revolved around Tübingen and those poets associated with that town—Hölderlin, Kerner and Mörike among them. He came from an intellectual family of scholars and his first important literary influence was Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Arnim and Brentano’s anthology of folk poetry published in 1808. Uhland himself began to write increasingly sophisticated poetry in folksong style at the same time as devoting himself to serious literary research. He spent a year in Paris in 1810 where he was supposed to be studying law but was drawn instead to the study of old French manuscripts in the Bibliothèque nationale. He translated poems from French and Spanish and was in contact with such fellow poets as Chamisso, de la Motte Fouqué and Hebel. The publication of Uhland’s Gedichte in 1815 was a literary event that announced the advent of a new force in German poetry, the collection (containing the subsections Lieder, Sinngedichte, Sonette, Balladen, Romanzen) reached its ninth edition by 1835. Uhland continued to write poetry, some of it influenced by Goethe and Heine and much of it (the Vaterländische Gedichte of 1817, for example) the result of his political engagement with liberal causes and with the idea of a united Germany. During the time of his greatest literary activity Uhland eked out an existence as a lawyer; he married in 1820, a happy union from which there were no children. His ongoing life of scholarship was rewarded at last when he was appointed Professor of German Language and Literature in Tübingen in 1829. He made a number of attempts to enter into political life as a left-wing representative of short-lived reforming parliaments: first in 1831 in the wake of the July revolution in France, and again in 1848. These forays into the realms of practical politics lost him his job at the university; he continued his writing and his scholarship as a private individual—renowned as he was throughout Germany by this time. Brahms was one of the avid readers and students of Uhland’s monumental collection of Alte hoch- und niederdeutsche Volkslieder, and this popular poet was one of the pioneers of ‘Germanistik’, the study of German literature in all its aspects. Uhland died in Tübingen on 13 November 1862. If it were not for the fact that Schubert had regarded Uhland’s poetry as the special preserve of his rival, the song composer Conradin Kreutzer, there would certainly have been more Uhland settings by the greatest of the Viennese composers; as it is we are left with only one—Frühlingsglaube—a masterpiece nevertheless. Notwithstanding Schumann’s relative shyness in writing Uhland songs, Uhland was set to music a phenomenal number of times, particularly by composers of ballads—the area where Uhland is at his strongest and most inventive. Richard Strauss was a substantial setter of the poet’s words, both in his youth and as a mature master. A particularly beautiful setting by Strauss of a seminal Uhland poem is Des Dichters Abendgang.

from notes by Graham Johnson

Albums
'Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 1 – Angelika Kirchschlager' (CDJ33121)
Brahms: The Complete Songs, Vol. 1 – Angelika Kirchschlager
'Cornelius: The Three Kings & other choral works' (CDA67206)
Cornelius: The Three Kings & other choral works
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'Grieg: Songs' (CDA67670)
Grieg: Songs
'Loewe: Songs & Ballads' (CDA67866)
Loewe: Songs & Ballads
'Mendelssohn: On wings of song' (CDH55150)
Mendelssohn: On wings of song
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'Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 1' (CDA66906)
Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 1
'Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 2' (CDA67137)
Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 2
'Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 4' (CDA67739)
Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 4
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'Russian Images, Vol. 1' (CDA67105)
Russian Images, Vol. 1
'Schubert: The Complete Songs' (CDS44201/40)
Schubert: The Complete Songs
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'Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 29 – Marjana Lipovšek' (CDJ33029)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 29 – Marjana Lipovšek
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'Schubert: The Songmakers' Almanac Schubertiade' (CDD22010)
Schubert: The Songmakers' Almanac Schubertiade
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'Schumann: The Complete Songs' (CDS44441/50)
Schumann: The Complete Songs
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'Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 11 – Hanno Müller-Brachmann' (CDJ33111)
Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 11 – Hanno Müller-Brachmann
'Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 9 – Ann Murray & Felicity Lott' (CDJ33109)
Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 9 – Ann Murray & Felicity Lott
'Songs by Schubert's contemporaries' (CDJ33051/3)
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
'Strauss: Songs' (CDH55202)
Strauss: Songs
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'Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4 – Christopher Maltman & Alastair Miles' (CDA67667)
Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4 – Christopher Maltman & Alastair Miles
'Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 5 – Kiera Duffy' (CDA67746)
Strauss: The Complete Songs, Vol. 5 – Kiera Duffy
Complete works available for download
PETER CORNELIUS  (1824-1874)
Die Vätergruft, Op 19 Robert Rice (baritone), Polyphony, Stephen Layton (conductor)
FRANZ PAUL LACHNER  (1803-1890)
Der Schmied Stella Doufexis (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
CARL LOEWE  (1796-1869)
Der Wirthin Töchterlein, Op 1 No 2 Florian Boesch (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
Graf Eberstein, Op 9 Book VI No 5 Florian Boesch (baritone), Roger Vignoles (piano)
NIKOLAI MEDTNER  (1880-1951)
Vesenneye uspokoyeniye 'Spring Solace', Op 28 No 5 Vassily Savenko (bass), Alexander Blok (piano)
FELIX MENDELSSOHN  (1809-1847)
Reiselied Stephan Loges (baritone), Eugene Asti (piano)
FRANZ SCHUBERT  (1797-1828)
Frühlingsglaube, D686 The Songmakers' Almanac, Dame Felicity Lott (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Frühlingsglaube, D686 Marjana Lipovšek (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
RICHARD STRAUSS  (1864-1949)
Die Drossel Marie McLaughlin (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
KAROLINE UNGER-SABATIER  (1803-1877)
Frühlingsglaube Susan Gritton (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Abreise  No 7 of Neun Wanderlieder von Uhland, Op 34 (Kreutzer)
An jedem Abend geh' ich aus  First line to Lauf der Welt, No 3 of Sechs Lieder, Op 48 (Grieg)
Ballade  No 7 of Des Sängers Fluch, Op 139 (Schumann)
Bei diesem kalten Wehen  First line to Winterreise, No 6 of Neun Wanderlieder von Uhland, Op 34 (Kreutzer)
Bei einem Wirte, wundermild  First line to Einkehr, No 4 of Fünf Lieder, Op 47 (Strauss)
Das ist der Tag des Herrn!  First line to Sonntagsmorgen, No 1 of Three Duets, Op 77 (Mendelssohn)
Das Schifflein  No 4 of Six Songs, Op 99 (Mendelssohn)
Der Schmied (Lachner)
Der Wirthin Töchterlein, Op 1 No 2 (Loewe)
Des Dichters Abendgang  No 2 of Fünf Lieder, Op 47 (Strauss)
Des Knaben Berglied  No 8 of Lieder-Album für die Jugend, Op 79 (Schumann)
Des Sängers Fluch, Op 139 (Schumann)
Die Drossel (Strauss)
Die linden Lüfte sind erwacht  First line to Frühlingsglaube, No 8 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Die linden Lüfte sind erwacht  First line to Frühlingsglaube, D686 (Schubert)
Die linden Lüfte sind erwacht  First line to Frühlingsglaube (Unger-Sabatier)
Die Nonne  No 12 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Die Vätergruft, Op 19 (Cornelius)
Ein Schifflein ziehet leise  First line to Das Schifflein, No 4 of Six Songs, Op 99 (Mendelssohn)
Einkehr  No 4 of Fünf Lieder, Op 47 (Strauss)
Ergehst du dich im Abendlicht  First line to Des Dichters Abendgang, No 2 of Fünf Lieder, Op 47 (Strauss)
Es zogen drei Bursche wohl über den Rhein  First line to Der Wirthin Töchterlein, Op 1 No 2 (Loewe)
Frühlingsglaube  No 8 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Frühlingsglaube (Unger-Sabatier)
Frühlingsglaube, D686 (Schubert)
Fünf Gedichte, Op 19 (Brahms)
Fünf Lieder, Op 47 (Strauss)
Graf Eberstein, Op 9 Book VI No 5 (Loewe)
Heimkehr  No 9 of Neun Wanderlieder von Uhland, Op 34 (Kreutzer)
Hirtenlied  No 2 of Six Songs, Op 57 (Mendelssohn)
Ich bin vom Berg der Hirtenknab  First line to Des Knaben Berglied, No 8 of Lieder-Album für die Jugend, Op 79 (Schumann)
Ich hör’ meinen Schatz  First line to Der Schmied (Lachner)
Ich reit' ins finstre Land hinein  First line to Reiselied (Mendelssohn/Asti)
Ich will ja nicht in Garten geh'n  First line to Die Drossel (Strauss)
Im stillen Klostergarten  First line to Die Nonne, No 12 of Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
In den Talen der Provence  First line to Provenzalisches Lied, No 4 of Des Sängers Fluch, Op 139 (Schumann)
In der Ferne  No 3 of Fünf Gedichte, Op 19 (Brahms)
In der hohen Hall’ saß König Sifrid  First line to Ballade, No 7 of Des Sängers Fluch, Op 139 (Schumann)
Lauf der Welt  No 3 of Sechs Lieder, Op 48 (Grieg)
Lieder-Album für die Jugend, Op 79 (Schumann)
Neun Wanderlieder von Uhland, Op 34 (Kreutzer)
O brich nicht, Steg, du zitterst sehr  First line to Heimkehr, No 9 of Neun Wanderlieder von Uhland, Op 34 (Kreutzer)
O Winter, schlimmer Winter  First line to Hirtenlied, No 2 of Six Songs, Op 57 (Mendelssohn)
Provenzalisches Lied  No 4 of Des Sängers Fluch, Op 139 (Schumann)
Reiselied (Mendelssohn/Asti)
Scheiden und Meiden  No 2 of Fünf Gedichte, Op 19 (Brahms)
Sechs Lieder, Op 48 (Grieg)
Six Songs, Op 57 (Mendelssohn)
Six Songs, Op 99 (Mendelssohn)
So hab’ ich nun die Stadt verlassen  First line to Abreise, No 7 of Neun Wanderlieder von Uhland, Op 34 (Kreutzer)
So soll ich dich nun meiden  First line to Scheiden und Meiden, No 2 of Fünf Gedichte, Op 19 (Brahms)
Sonntagsmorgen  No 1 of Three Duets, Op 77 (Mendelssohn)
Three Duets, Op 77 (Mendelssohn)
Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Twelve Songs, Op 9 (Mendelssohn)
Vesenneye uspokoyeniye 'Spring Solace', Op 28 No 5 (Medtner)
Will ruhen unter den Bäumen hier  First line to In der Ferne, No 3 of Fünf Gedichte, Op 19 (Brahms)
Winterreise  No 6 of Neun Wanderlieder von Uhland, Op 34 (Kreutzer)
Zu Speyer im Saale, da hebt sich ein Klingen  First line to Graf Eberstein, Op 9 Book VI No 5 (Loewe)
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