Willemer, Marianne von (1784-1860)

Marianne von Willemer

born: 1784
died: 1860
country: Germany

Marianne von Willemer (née Jung) was born in 1784. Like Goethe’s character Mignon she came from an uncertain background and was ‘rescued’ from a theatrical troupe by her benefactor, the Frankfurt banker J J Willemer (1760-1838). She became Willemer’s ward (she was educated in his house with his own children) and became his third wife in 1814. The couple visited Goethe in Wiesbaden when they were still engaged. Goethe was immediately attracted to Marianne and visited the Willemer house later in 1814, as well as in August and September 1815. Although they never saw each other again, poetess and poet corresponded until Goethe’s death in 1832. It was only a few years before her own death in 1860 that she revealed the true story of this extraordinarily productive literary love affair.

from notes by Graham Johnson

Albums

Mendelssohn: Lieder
CDH55360Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Mendelssohn: On wings of song
CDH55150Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 2
CDA67137
Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 3
CDA67388
Mendelssohn: Songs and Duets, Vol. 5
CDA677532CDs for the price of 1
Schubert: The Complete Songs
CDS44201/4040CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)
Schubert: The Hyperion Schubert Edition, Vol. 19 – Felicity Lott
CDJ33019
Schumann: The Complete Songs
CDS44441/5010CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4 – Oliver Widmer & Stella Doufexis
CDJ33104Archive Service
Schumann: The Complete Songs, Vol. 7 – Dorothea Röschmann & Ian Bostridge
CDJ33107Archive Service
Songs by Schubert's contemporaries
CDJ33051/33CDs

Alphabetical listing of all musical works

Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen  
Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen  
Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen  
Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen  
Ach, um deine feuchten Schwingen  
Die Freundin (Mendelssohn)
Dir zu eröffnen mein Herz verlangt mich  
Liebeslied  
Lied der Suleika  
Lieder und Gesänge II, Op 51 (Schumann)
Myrthen, Op 25 (Schumann)
Six Songs, Op 34 (Mendelssohn)
Six Songs, Op 57 (Mendelssohn)
Suleika  
Suleika  
Suleika (Mendelssohn)
Suleika (Mendelssohn)
Suleika (Randhartinger)
Suleika I, D720 (Schubert)
Suleika II, D717 (Schubert)
Was bedeutet die Bewegung?  
Was bedeutet die Bewegung?  
Wie mit innigstem Behagen  
Zarter Blumen leicht Gewinde