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Joseph Eichendorff

Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff (10 March 1788 – 26 November 1857) was a Prussian 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 1826 novella Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts (freely translated: Memoirs of a Good-for-Nothing) and his poems. The Memoirs of a Good-for-Nothing is 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.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 10th, 1788 (Castle Lubowitz), Died November 26th, 1857 (Nysa)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1910 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-8233 10-in. 10/4/1923 Mondnacht Ernestine Schumann-Heink Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor B-14742 10-in. 4/22/1914 Heimweh Margarethe Arndt-Ober Contralto vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor B-27624 10-in. 2/27/1923 Jägers Abschied Deutsches Opernhaus Quartett Male vocal quartet, with instrumental quartet lyricist  
Victor BS-017026 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BS-017027 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BS-017028 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BS-017029 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BS-017030 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BS-017031 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BS-017032 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BS-017033 10-in. 11/11/1937 Liederkreis Fritz Kitzinger ; Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with piano lyricist  
Victor BS-030745 10-in. 12/21/1938 In einem kühlen Grunde Trapp Family Choir ; Franz Wasner Mixed vocal chorus, unaccompanied lyricist  
Columbia 4543 10-in. ca. June 1910 The hunter's farewell Archibald Brothers' Quartette Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied lyricist  
Columbia 46169 10-in. 11/1/1915 Heimweh Robert Leonhardt Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 80598 10-in. 10/10/1922 Moonlight Barbara Maurel Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Columbia 30495 12-in. 5/12/1910 Waldgespräch Lillian Nordica Soprano vocal solo lyricist  
Brunswick 12896-12897 10-in. 4/17/1924 Frühlingsfahrt Friedrich Schorr Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Brunswick 337bd 12-in. 1927 Heimweh Franz Rupp ; Heinrich Schlusnus Baritone vocal solo, with piano lyricist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Eichendorff, Joseph," accessed October 20, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103132.

Eichendorff, Joseph. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 20, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103132.

"Eichendorff, Joseph." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 20 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103132

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