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Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken

Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken (November 16, 1810 – April 3, 1882) was a German composer and conductor.

Kücken was born in Bleckede. He learned piano as a child and played chamber music in his youth. After moving to Schwerin he studied under Friedrich Lührss, Paul Aron, and George Rettberg. He composed the song Ach, wie wärs möglich dann, which became quite popular and resulted in his being chosen for the court of Grand Duke Paul Friedrich von Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He furthered his studies in 1832 with Joseph Birnbach in Berlin and later with Sechter in Vienna (1841–43), as well as with Halevy and Marco Bordogni in Paris. He held a conducting position at a Stuttgart court theater from 1851 to 1861. He died in Schwerin.

His works included choral pieces, opera, and others. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov viewed Kücken's work dimly as "saccharine." His most popular work was the opera Der Prätendent, premiered in Stuttgart in 1847.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 16th, 1810 (Bleckede), Died April 3rd, 1882 (Schwerin)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1898 - 1930

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Berliner 1582 7-in. Before Dec. 1898 Ach! wie ist’s möglich dann F. H. Weber Male vocal solo composer  
Victor B-15969 10-in. 4/29/1915 Treue Liebe Alma Gluck ; Paul Reimers Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Victor B-20912 10-in. 10/26/1917 Tziyon, Tziyon Abraham Sukoenig Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-38344 10-in. 4/13/1927 Ach, wie ist's moglich dann Mary Lewis ; Paul Reimers Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-38745 10-in. 5/12/1927 Ach, wie ist's möglich dann Hulda Lashanska ; Paul Reimers Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-59587 10-in. 4/12/1930 Alma mater The West Pointers Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Columbia 39798 10-in. 1/26/1915 How can I leave thee? Charles Adams [i.e., Charles Adams Prince] Celeste solo composer  
Columbia 45878 10-in. 7/24/1915 The Alpine morning Grace Kerns ; Mildred Potter Female vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 37248 12-in. ca. 1915 Good night, farewell Mildred Potter Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 37364 12-in. 8/13/1915 Ach, wie ist moglich Julia Claussen Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W144686 10-in. 9/17/1927 How can I leave thee? American Singers Male vocal quartet, with piano composer  
Brunswick 10347-10348 10-in. 4/11/1923 Treue Liebe Florence Easton Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Brunswick 10713-10715 10-in. 5/22/1923 Treue liebe Florence Easton Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 2022 10-in. 11/21/1912 Good night, farewell Thomas Chalmers Male vocal solo and vocal ensemble, with orchestra composer  
Edison 2685 10-in. 1/7/1914 Heaven hath shed a tear Reed Miller Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 4922 10-in. 8/15/1916 Goodnight, farewell Venetian Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet composer  
Edison 7848 10-in. 3/17/1921 Der kleine Rekrut Paul Reimers Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 8734 10-in. 3/29/1923 Good night, farewell Venetian Instrumental Quartet Instrumental quartet composer  
Edison 11248 10-in. 10/14/1926 Treue Liebe Eduard Mittelstadt Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 3593L 10-in. 1905 Zdrowaś Maria Stanisław Bogucki Male vocal solo composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kücken, Friedrich Wilhelm," accessed October 16, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106143.

Kücken, Friedrich Wilhelm. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 16, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106143.

"Kücken, Friedrich Wilhelm." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 16 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106143

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