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
|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|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kücken, Friedrich Wilhelm," accessed September 28, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106143.
Kücken, Friedrich Wilhelm. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 28, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106143.
"Kücken, Friedrich Wilhelm." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 28 September 2021.
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