HUGO WOLF

Hugo Wolf, a composer, was born on the 13th of March 1860 to father Philip Wolf and mother Katharina (née Nussbaumer) as their third child. Wolf already played the piano and the violin in his early childhood years, and was considered a child prodigy with absolute pitch.

Wolf is known as the genius of Late Romantic art songs, and unique because of the expressive intensity of his music. His extraordinary productivity and exceptional creativity were interrupted by disease (syphilis), which was also the cause of Wolf's death on the 22nd of March 1903 in Vienna.

The birth house of Hugo Wolf, the world-renowned composer of Late Romantic art songs and a complex personage of fin-de-siècle Vienna, accommodates the Hugo Wolf Memorial Museum as well as the Hugo Wolf International Documentation Information Centre comprising central archives on the late Hugo Wolf. The centre is an international hub and coordination place for numerous Hugo Wolf societies around the world.

The memorial exhibition, displayed in a late-19th century middle-class living environment, presents Wolf's life and work throughout all distinctive periods of his active and extravagant but also tragic life. Special attention is paid to his childhood in Slovenj Gradec, the living conditions in his hometown, as well as to the life of his family.

Reproduced from: Koroška Regional Museum (www.kpm.si)

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