Hugo Wolf

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Date of Birth March 13, 1860
Place of Birth Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
Date of Death Feb 22, 1903 (42)
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Hugo Wolf

Hugo Philipp Jacob Wolf was an Austrian composer of Slovene origin, particularly noted for his art songs, or Lieder. He brought to this form a concentrated expressive intensity which was unique in late Romantic music, somewhat related to that of the Second Viennese School in concision but diverging greatly in technique. Though he had several bursts of extraordinary productivity, particularly in 1888 and 1889, depression frequently interrupted his creative periods, and his last composition was written in 1898, before he suffered a mental collapse caused by syphilis.

About Hugo Wolf

Slovenian-born Austrian composer who was known for his art songs. He battled depression throughout his life, which severely hampered his output.

Before Fame

He learned piano and violin at the age of four. He was considered to be a child prodigy.


He detested the works of Anton Rubinstein, while heralding Liszt, Schubert, and Chopin.

Family Life

He had a serious romantic affair with Melanie Köchert.


He was a proponent of the New German Lieder style inspired by Richard Wagner.

Information related to Hugo Wolf

  • Austrian classical musicians
  • Austrian Romantic composers
  • Austrian opera composers
  • Burials at the Vienna Central Cemetery
  • Austrian male classical composers
  • Austrian classical composers
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