COMPOSERS, MUSICAL style, MUSICAL composition, GERMAN songs, CHAMBER music, and BIOGRAPHY
The article presents a profile of the music and life of the late 19th-century Austrian composer Hugo Wolf. Details are given overviewing the prominent features of Wolf's compositional style, highlighting his settings of art songs and chamber operatic works. Discussion is also given commenting on the interpretation and reception of his works in the U.S. classical music world.
The article discusses the contrasting profiles of the late-Romantic composer Gustav Mahler and Austrian composer Hugo Wolf. It says that the autocratic determination and iron will of Mahler made him a lot of enemies during his stint as Wiener Hofoper director. According to the author, Mahler and Wolf belong to opposing factions of the Brahms-Wagner debate, which led to a polarized Viennese musical scene at the late parts of the nineteenth century and the early parts of the twentieth century. The connections between Wolf and Mahler are also discussed.
COMPOSERS, BIBLIOGRAPHY (Documentation), and MUSIC in literature
The article focuses on two books on composer Hugo Wolf. The books are "Hugo Wolf," by Ernest Newman and "Fifty Songs by Hugo Wolf," edited by Ernest Newman. When Hugo Wolf died, in 1907, a few of his 232 songs were sung by amateurs in Vienna and the cities of Germany, but to the world at large his name was unknown. The bibliography compiled by Newman for the volume of fifty songs edited by him includes twenty six books and essays in German. The real significance of Wolf's songs lies in this, that they illustrate the reaction in favor of poetry which set in with composer Richard Wagner's operatic reforms.