Christian Friedrich Hebbel


Christian Friedrich Hebbel

1813 - 1863

Christian Friedrich Hebbel, was a German poet and dramatist.

Hebbel was born at Wesselburen in Ditmarschen, Holstein, the son of a bricklayer. He was educated at the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums. Despite his humble origins, he showed a talent for poetry, resulting in the publication, in the Hamburg Modezeitung, of verses which he had sent to Amalie Schoppe (1791–1858), a popular journalist and author of nursery tales. Through her patronage, he was able to go to the University of Hamburg.

A year later he went to Heidelberg to study law, but gave it up and went on to the University of Munich, where he devoted himself to philosophy, history and literature. In 1839 Hebbel left Munich and walked all the way back to Hamburg, where he resumed his friendship with Elise Lensing, whose self-sacrificing assistance had helped him over the darkest days in Munich. In the same year he wrote his first tragedy, Judith (1840, published 1841), which in the following year was performed in Hamburg and Berlin and made his name known throughout Germany.

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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.

Ballade vom Haideknaben (1853) Op. 122 no.1 15.ix.1853 Robert Schumann
Das Glück (1849) Op. 79 no.15 21.iv–13.v.1849 Robert Schumann
Das Kind am Brunnen (1878) Hugo Wolf
Das Vöglein (1877) 2.v.1878 Hugo Wolf
Deklamation Schön Hedwig (1849) Op. 106 22.xii.1849 Robert Schumann
Ich und Du Peter Cornelius
Knabentod (1878) Hugo Wolf
Sag’ an, o lieber Vogel mein (1847) Op. 27 no.1 1847 Robert Schumann
Schlafen, schlafen (Aus Dem Schmerz sein Recht) (1910) Alban Berg
Wiegenlied am Lager eines kranken Kindes (1849) Op. 78 no.4 25.viii– 4.ix.1849 Robert Schumann

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