Curschmann, Karl Friedrich

1804-1841

He was born and spent most of his life in Berlin, being well known and popular, chiefly because of his beautiful songs. He was originally a law student, but from 1824 devoted himself to music, studying under Spohr and Hauptmann at Kassel, where his one-act opera, Abdul und Erinnieh, was produced in 1828. He made several tours in Germany, France and Italy, and his works are equally as popular in America and England as they are in his native land. His compositions consist chiefly of books of songs, among which are Wiegenlied, Die Stillen Wanderer, Der Abend Standchen, Der Fischer Altes Volkslied, Jagerlied, Au Rose der Schiffer, and Der kleine Hans. Most of his songs are of great melodic beauty and well deserve their popularity. His other works are Romeo, scena and aria; and two canons. He wrote on all about eighty-three songs for single voice and nine duets. Curschmann died, in the prime of life, near Danzig. He is best known in America for his song, In Every Opening Flower, and his trios, Ti prego and Addio. Curschmann was the favorite songwriter of Germany before Schumann and Schubert became known.