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Hugo Wolf

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Hugo Wolf (March 13, 1860 – February 22, 1903) was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin, particularly noted for his art songs, or Lieder. He brought to this form a concentrated expressive intensity which was unique in late Romantic music, somewhat related to that of the Second Viennese School in concision but utterly unrelated in technique.

Though he had several bursts of extraordinary productivity, particularly in 1888 and 1889, depression frequently interrupted his creative periods, and his last composition was written in 1898, before he died of syphilis.

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  • OG-Gurda

    sick.

    29 May 9:38pm Reply
  • DMITRII_GHETTO

    cool!

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • catholicbird

    string quartet in d minor blows my mind every time

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Vigridr

    the utter despair in the string quartet D minor :O

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • slavicfrost

    A pity he didn't finish Manuel Venegas. Anyway, this guy is the best lieder composer ever.

    14 Aug 2010 Reply
  • nenemahler

    In my opinion this man follows the line of Lieder composer's beggining by Schubert and Brahms. Wolf and Mahler are, for me, the biggest lieder composer's in the Late-Romanticism but Strauss is very interesting too. Strauss is most knowm for Orchestral works and Operas., I guess.

    5 Aug 2010 Reply
  • KraeheK

    Nobody likes lieder, so it's not surprising he gets no attention. I wouldn't consider him in the top 5 lieder writers, but he's good.

    17 Apr 2010 Reply
  • syater

    Maybe he's just not the kind of artist to shout at or shout about on a music site? I'll just say -- his songs are among the finest, most moving ever written. Extraordinary in every way.

    30 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Taxes

    So, not even a single shout for Hugo Wolf? =/

    30 Jan 2009 Reply

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