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Friedrich Silcher

Friedrich Silcher

born on 27/6/1789 in Schnait im Remstal (heute Weinstadt), Baden-Württemberg, Germany

died on 26/8/1860 in Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Friedrich Silcher

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Philipp Friedrich Silcher (27 June 1789 in Schnait (today part of Weinstadt) – 26 August 1860 in Tübingen), was a German composer, mainly known for his lieder (songs), and an important folksong collector.[1]


Silcher was meant to be a school teacher, but dedicated himself entirely to music in the seminary in Ludwigsburg after he met Carl Maria von Weber. He was taught composition and piano by Conradin Kreutzer and Johann Nepomuk Hummel. In 1817 he was named musical director at the University of Tübingen. He is regarded as one of the most important protagonists of choir singing. He arranged many German and international folk songs that even today remain standard repertoire of many choirs in Germany and became an integral part of German daily life. In 1829 Silcher founded the "Akademische Liedertafel" in Tübingen and directed it until his death.

He was married to Luise Rosine Ensslin (6 September 1804 in Tübingen – 17 June 1871 ibid.). They had two daughters and one son.

A wine varietal was named after him, the Silcher (not to be confused with Schilcher). The asteroid 10055 Silcher also bears the composer's name.


Amongst his best-known songs are:

  • "Ich hatt' einen Kameraden"
  • "Alle Jahre wieder"
  • "Am Brunnen vor dem Tore" (Original version by Schubert, best known in Silcher's adaptation)
  • "Die Lorelei"
  • Abschied ("Muss i' denn zum Städtele hinaus"), which was adapted to "Wooden Heart"


  1. ^ Luise Marretta-Schär, Silcher, (Philipp) Friedrich in New Grove Vol. 23 ed. Stanley Sadie, 2nd Ed. (2001)
  • Weber (1892), "Silcher, Friedrich", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 34, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 319–320 

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