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August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben


August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben

1798 - 1874

August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben  was a German poet. He is best known for writing "Das Lied der Deutschen", its third stanza now being the national anthem of Germany, and a number of popular children's songs, considered part of the Young Germany movement.

Hoffmann was born in Fallersleben in Lower Saxony, then in the duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

The son of a merchant and mayor of his native city, he was educated at the classical schools of Helmstedt and Braunschweig, and afterwards at the universities of Göttingen and Bonn. His original intention was to study theology, but he soon devoted himself entirely to literature. In 1823 he was appointed custodian of the university library at Breslau, a post which he held till 1838. He was also made extraordinary professor of the German language and literature at that university in 1830, and ordinary professor in 1835. Hoffmann was deprived of his chair in 1842 in consequence of his Unpolitische Lieder (1840–1841, "Unpolitical Songs"), which gave much offence to the authorities in Prussia.

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Song List

This list is likely to be of songs that have been performed at Oxford International Song Festivals and Oxford Song events, and may not be comprehensive of this composer's compositions. This database is ever growing as a work in progress, with further songs regularly being added.

Abschiedslied der Zugvögel (1844) Op. 63 no.2 Felix Mendelssohn
Auf der Wanderung (1878) Hugo Wolf
Das Ährenfeld (1836) Felix Mendelssohn
Der Abendstern (1849) Op. 79 no.1 21.iv–13.v.1849 Robert Schumann
Der Jäger und sein Liebchen (1860) Op. 28 Johannes Brahms
Die Waise (1849) Op. 79 no.14 21.iv–13.v.1849 Robert Schumann
Frühlings Ankunft (1849) Op. 79 no.19 21.iv–13.v.1849 Robert Schumann
Frühlingsbotschaft (1849) Op. 79 no.3 21.iv–13.v.1849 Robert Schumann
Frühlingsgruss (1849) Op. 79 no.4 21.iv–13.v.1849 Robert Schumann
Frühlingslied (1849) Op. 79 no.18 21.iv–13.v.1849 Robert Schumann
Hinaus ins Freie (1849) Op. 79 no.11 21.iv–13.v.1849 Robert Schumann
Ja, die Schönst! Ich sagt es offen (1878) Hugo Wolf
Liebe und Frühling I (1853) Op. 3 no.2 Johannes Brahms
Liebe und Frühling II (1853) Op. 3 no.3 Johannes Brahms
Liebesfrühling (1878) JB 1:53 Hugo Wolf
Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein (1844) Op. 63 no.6 Felix Mendelssohn
Mein Garten (1850) Op. 77 no.2 30.vii.1850 Robert Schumann
Nach dem Abschiede (1878) Hugo Wolf
Nachtigallen schwingen (1852) Op. 6 no.6 Johannes Brahms
Schmetterling (1849) Op. 79 no.2 21.iv–13.v.1849 Robert Schumann
Soldatenlied (1844) WoO6 by i.1844 Robert Schumann
Sonntag (1849) Op. 79 no.6 21.iv–13.v.1849 Robert Schumann
Tröstung Op. 71 no.1 Felix Mendelssohn
Vom Schlaraffenland (1849) Op. 79 no.5 21.iv–13.v.1849 Robert Schumann
Von ewiger Liebe (1857) Op. 43 no.1 Johannes Brahms
Wie die Wolke nach der Sonne (1852) Op. 6 no.6 Johannes Brahms

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