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Hugo Wolf
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Composer
    (March 13, 1860-February 22, 1903)
    Born in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
    Wrote 300 lieder (art songs)
    Wrote the opera 'Der Corregidor' (1895)
    Wrote 'Italian Serenade' (1887)
    He flunked out of several secondary schools due to his lack of interest in any topic other than music.
    He was expelled from the Vienna Conservatory for 'breach of discipline.'
    He had wild mood swings.
    When he worked as a music critic, he was known as 'the Wild Wolf' for his vitriolic attacks.
    He had an affair with his patron's wife.
    He went mad from syphilis.
    He was confined to an asylum at his own insistence after he tried to drown himself (1899).
    He spent his career in poverty, largely because his criticism of Brahms as old-fashioned drew retaliation from the musical establishment.
    During bursts of creativity, he would write two or three songs in a day.
    He was considered the most important composer of lieder since Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann.
    His lieder were described as 'emotionally penetrating and musically profound.'
    While in the asylum, he asked 'Is that clock right' about the clock in the dining room. Assured that it was, he replied, 'Then what's it doing in here?'

Credit: C. Fishel


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