Nikolaus Lenau1802 - 1850
Nikolaus Lenau was the nom de plume of Nikolaus Franz Niembsch Edler von Strehlenau, a German-language Austrian poet.
He was born at Schadat, now Lenauheim, Romania, then in Hungary. His father, a Habsburg government official, died in 1807 in Budapest, leaving his children in the care of their mother, who remarried in 1811. In 1819 Nikolaus went to the University of Vienna; he subsequently studied Hungarian law at Pozsony (Bratislava) and then spent the next four years qualifying himself in medicine. Unable to settle down to any profession, he began writing verse. The disposition to sentimental melancholy inherited from his mother, stimulated by disappointments in love and by the prevailing fashion of the romantic school of poetry, descended into gloom after his mother's death in 1829.
Soon afterwards, however, a legacy from his grandmother enabled him to devote himself wholly to poetry. His first published poems appeared in 1827, in Johann Gabriel Seidl's Aurora. In 1831 he moved to Stuttgart, where he published a volume of Gedichte (1832) dedicated to the Swabian poet, Gustav Schwab. He also made the acquaintance of Ludwig Uhland, Justinus Kerner, Karl Mayer and others. His restless spirit longed for change, and he determined to seek peace and freedom in America.
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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.
|Abendbild Op. 10 no.3||Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel|
|An die Entfernte Op. 71 no.3||Felix Mendelssohn|
|An*** (O, wag es nicht) (1877)||Hugo Wolf|
|Auf der Wanderschaft Op. 71 no.5||Felix Mendelssohn|
|Da liegt der Feinde gestreckte Schar (1851) Op. 117 no.4 17–18.iii.1851||Robert Schumann|
|Den grünen Zeigern (1851) Op. 117 no.3 17–18.iii.1851||Robert Schumann|
|Der Husar, trara! (1851) Op. 117 no.1 17–18.iii.1851||Robert Schumann|
|Der leidige Frieden (1851) Op. 117 no.2 17–18.iii.1851||Robert Schumann|
|Der schwere Abend (1850) Op. 90 no.6 1–5.viii.1850||Robert Schumann|
|Die drei Zigeuner (1860) S.320||Franz Liszt|
|Die Sennin (1850) Op. 90 no.4 1–5.viii.1850||Robert Schumann|
|Die Sennin||Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel|
|Einsamkeit (1850) Op. 90 no.5 1–5.viii.1850||Robert Schumann|
|Frage nicht (1879)||Hugo Wolf|
|Frühlingsgedränge Op. 26 no.1||Richard Strauss|
|Frühlingsgrüsse (1851) 17.iii.1851||Hugo Wolf|
|Frühlingsgrüsse (1851) 17.iii.1851||Robert Schumann|
|Frühlingslied (1845) Op. 47 no.3||Felix Mendelssohn|
|Herbst (1878)||Hugo Wolf|
|Herbstentschluss (1879)||Hugo Wolf|
|Kommen und Scheiden (1850) Op. 90 no.3 1–5.viii.1850||Robert Schumann|
|Liebesfrühling (Ich sah den Lenz einmal) (1876)||Hugo Wolf|
|Lied eines Schmiedes (1850) Op. 90 no.1 1–5.viii.1850||Robert Schumann|
|Meeresstille (1876)||Hugo Wolf|
|Meine Rose (1850) Op. 90 no.2 1–5.viii.1850||Robert Schumann|
|Nächtliche Wanderung (1878)||Hugo Wolf|
|O wärst du mein! (1891) Op. 26 no.2||Richard Strauss|
|Scheideblick (1840) Op. 10 no.5||Josephine Lang|
|Scheideblick (1876)||Hugo Wolf|
|Schilflied (1846) WN445||Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel|
|Schilflied (1907)||Alban Berg|
|Schilflied Op. 71 no.4||Felix Mendelssohn|
|Stille Sicherheit (1876)||Hugo Wolf|
|Traurige Wege (1877)||Hugo Wolf|