Heinrich Werner

Heinrich Werner (2 October 1800 – 3 March 1833) was a German composer.

He was born in 1800 into a musical family in Kirchohmfeld in the Eichsfeld district of Thuringia. Initially trained at home, he played the organ for the local church at the age of 11 and became a choral singer at Sankt Andreasberg at 15. His older brother in Braunschweig had him study music and visit the Gymnasium there. Starting in 1821, he studied in Erfurt and took the teaching examination the next year; he then led the chorus at the city's opera house and taught music students.

He is said to have written 84 compositions, mostly songs, including a setting of Goethe's poem Heidenröslein. It was first publicly performed in 1829, under his direction, and bore as title the first line, "Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein stehn" ("A boy saw a little rose standing"). It was seen as superior to all the roughly 100 versions that had preceded his, and became the outstanding popular-song version (although the Schubert art-song setting, published in 1821, has outlasted it).

He died at the age of 32 in Braunschweig in 1833, having become ill with tuberculosis the preceding fall.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 2, 1800 (Kirchohmfeld), Died May 3, 1833 (Brunswick)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1906 - 1926

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-3092 10-in. 2/8/1906 Heidenröslein Emil Muench Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-3093 12-in. 2/8/1906 Hans und Liesel Emil Muench Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-17744 12-in. 5/25/1916 Haidenröslein Johanna Gadski Soprano vocal solo, with string quartet composer  
Victor B-29171 10-in. 1/2/1924 Haidenröslein Rheingold Quartett Male vocal quartet, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia 38365 10-in. 10/24/1912 Heidenröslein Emmy Singer Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 38601 10-in. 1/27/1913 Heidenröslein New York Liederkranz Male vocal chorus, unaccompanied composer  
Columbia W107138 10-in. September 1926 Sah ein Knab ein Röslein stehn (Heidenröslein) Heidelberg Quartett Vocal quartet composer  
Edison 10284 10-in. 3/30/1925 Haidenröslein Hilda Ebert ; Emilie Ellerman Female vocal duet composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Werner, Heinrich," accessed March 27, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110086.

Werner, Heinrich. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 27, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110086.

"Werner, Heinrich." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 27 March 2023.

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