Joseph von Eichendorff


Joseph von Eichendorff

1788 - 1857

Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff was a German poet, novelist, playwright, literary critic, translator, and anthologist. Eichendorff was one of the major writers and critics of Romanticism. Ever since their publication and up to the present day, some of his works have been very popular in Germany.

Eichendorff first became famous for his novella Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts (Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing) and his poems. The Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing, a typical romantic novella, whose main themes are wanderlust and love. The protagonist, the son of a miller, rejects his father's trade and becomes a gardener at a Viennese palace where he subsequently falls in love with the local duke's daughter. As, with his lowly status, she is unattainable for him, he escapes to Italy - only to return and learn that she is the duke's adopted daughter, and thus within his social reach. With its combination of dream world and realism, Memoirs of a Good-For-Nothing is considered to be a high point of Romantic fiction. One critic stated that "Eichendorff’s 'Good-For-Nothing' is the "personification of love of nature and an obsession with hiking." Thomas Mann called Eichendorff's Good-For-Nothing a combination of "the purity of the folk song and the fairy tale."

Many of Eichendorff's poems were first published as integral parts of his novellas and stories, where they are often performed in song by one of the protagonists. The novella Good-For-Nothing alone contains 54 poems.

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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.

Anklänge (1853) Op. 7 no.3 Johannes Brahms
Auf einer Burg (1840) Op. 39 no.7 1–20.v & Robert Schumann
Aussicht (1911) Op. 5 no.6 Erich Korngold
Bergeslust Op. 10 no.5 Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel
Das Waldschloß Felix Mendelssohn
Das Ständchen no.4 Hugo Wolf
Der Einsiedler (1850) Op. 83 no.3 3.iv.1850 Robert Schumann
Der Friedensbote (1911) Op. 5 no.9 Erich Korngold
Der frohe Wandersmann (1840) Op. 77 no.1 Robert Schumann
Der Gärtner (1860) Op. 17 no.3 Johannes Brahms
Der Kranke (1940) Op. 38 no.2 Erich Korngold
Der Schatzgräber (1840) Op. 45 no.1 31.x–5.xi.1840 Robert Schumann
Der Freund (1888) no.1 Hugo Wolf
Der Glücksritter no.10 Hugo Wolf
Der Musikant no.2 Hugo Wolf
Der Scholar no.13 Hugo Wolf
Der Schreckenberger no.9 Hugo Wolf
Der Soldat I (1887) no.5 Hugo Wolf
Der Soldat II (1886) no.6 Hugo Wolf
Der verzweifelte Liebhaber no.14 Hugo Wolf
Die Einsame (1895) Op. 9 no.2 Hans Pfitzner
Die Nacht (1880) no.19 Hugo Wolf
Die Stille (1840) Op. 39 no.4 1–20.v & Robert Schumann
Die Kleine no.6 Hugo Wolf
Die Zigeunerin (1887) no.7 Hugo Wolf
Erwartung no.18 Hugo Wolf
Es wandelt, was wir schauen Op.3 no.4 Ethel Smyth
Frühlingsfahrt (1840) Op. 45 no.2 31.x–5.xi.1840 Robert Schumann
Frühlingsnacht (1840) Op. 39 no.12 1–20.v & Robert Schumann
Gruß (1844) Op. 63 no.3 Felix Mendelssohn
Heimweh (1888) no.12 Hugo Wolf
Im Abendrot (1948) D799 Richard Strauss
Im Herbst (1895) Op. 9 no.3 Hans Pfitzner
Im Walde (1840) Op. 39 no.11 1–20.v & Robert Schumann
In der Fremde (1853) Op. 3 no.5 1–20.v & Johannes Brahms
In der Fremde (1840) Op. 39 no.1 1–20.v & Robert Schumann
In der Fremde (1840) Op. 39 no.8 1–20.v & Robert Schumann
In der Fremde I no.2 Hugo Wolf
In der Fremde II no.3 Hugo Wolf
In der Fremde VI no.4 Hugo Wolf
Intermezzo (1840) Op. 39 no.2 1–20.v & Robert Schumann
Lieber alles no.11 Hugo Wolf
Liebesglück no.16 Hugo Wolf
Lied (1853) Op. 3 no.6 Johannes Brahms
Mondnacht (1853) WoO 21 1–20.v & Johannes Brahms
Mondnacht (1840) Op. 39 no.5 1–20.v & Robert Schumann
Nachruf  no.1 Hugo Wolf
Nachtlied (1847) Op. 71 no.6 Felix Mendelssohn
Nachtwanderer (1913) Op. 9 no.2 Erich Korngold
Nachtzauber (1887) no.8 Hugo Wolf
Pagenlied (1835) WoO Felix Mendelssohn
Parole (1852) Op. 7 no.2 Johannes Brahms
Rückkehr no.5 Hugo Wolf
Schneeglöckchen (1911) Op. 9 no.1 21.iv–13.v.1849 Erich Korngold
Schöne Fremde (1840) Op. 39 no.6 1–20.v & Robert Schumann
Seemanns Abschied no.17 Hugo Wolf
Ständchen (1911) Op. 9 no.3 Erich Korngold
Unfall no.15 Hugo Wolf
Verschwiegene Liebe (1889) no.3 Hugo Wolf
Vom Berge (1911) Op. 5 no.10 Erich Korngold
Waldesgespräch (1840) Op. 39 no.3 1–20.v & Robert Schumann
Waldmädchen no.20 Hugo Wolf
Wehmut (1840) Op. 39 no.9 1–20.v & Robert Schumann
Zwielicht (1840) Op. 39 no.10 1–20.v & Robert Schumann

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