E.T.A. Hoffmann

Real Name:
Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Profile:
Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann (Königsberg , January 24, 1776 – Berlin, June 25, 1822), who changed his third name to Amadeus in honour to Mozart, is one of the best-known representatives of German Romanticism, and a pioneer of the fantasy genre, with a taste for the macabre. He was also a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist.
As a musician, he composed about 80 works, including several operas, among them Aurora (1811-12), after Franz von Holbein, and Undine (1814), after Baron Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué's tale, one symphony, sacred and chamber music, as well as instrumental pieces.
His tales inspired many other authors (Edgar Allan Poe, Nikolai Gogol, Charles Dickens, Franz Kafka, Charles Baudelaire, among others) and also composers.
His most familiar story is “Nussknacker und Mausekönig [‘Nutcracker and Mouse King’]” (1816), which inspired Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker (1892).
Jacques Offenbach's masterwork, the opera Les contes d'Hoffmann [‘The Tales of Hoffmann’] (1881), is based on the stories “Der Sandmann [‘The Sandman’]” (1816), “Rath Krespel [‘Councilor Krespel’]” (1818), and “Das verlorene Spiegelbild [‘The Lost Reflection’]” from “Die Abenteuer der Silvester-Nacht [‘The Adventures of New Year's Eve’]” (1814).
Robert Schumann composed his Kreisleriana (1837) in homage to Hoffmann's most famous character, the genius musician Kreisler.
As musical critic, he set new standards for writing about music, and was the first one to describe music as "the most Romantic of all the arts." Most important is his review of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 (1808).
Some of his most important works as author are:
- Fantasiestücke in Callots Manier [‘Fantasy Pieces in the Manner of Callot’ or ‘Fantasias in Callot's Style’], 1814
- Die Elixiere des Teufels [‘The Devil's Elixir’] (1815–1816)
- Nachtstücke [‘Night Pieces’ or ‘Nocturnes’] (1816–1817)
- Die Serapions-Brüder [‘The Serapion Brothers’] (1819–1821)
- Lebensansichten des Katers Murr nebst fragmentarischer Biographie des Kapellmeisters Johannes Kreisler in zufälligen Makulaturblättern [‘The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr with a Fragmentary Biography of the Music Director Johannes Kreisler in Accidentally Intermingled Pages’] (1819–1821, fragment).
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VMS 1001, VMS 2001 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Harfen-Quintett (c-moll) / Klavier-Trio (E-dur) album art E.T.A. Hoffmann Harfen-Quintett (c-moll) / Klavier-Trio (E-dur) Schwann Musica Mundi VMS 1001, VMS 2001 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
TC 1524 E.T.A. Hoffmann - The Story Of The Nutcracker album art Claire Bloom, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, E.T.A. Hoffmann Claire Bloom, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, E.T.A. Hoffmann - The Story Of The Nutcracker Caedmon Records TC 1524 US 1977 Sell This Version
AMS 3525 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Miserere B-Moll Fuer Soli, Chor Und Orchester album art E.T.A. Hoffmann, Krisztina Laki, Hildegard Laurich, Gwendolyn Killebrew, Aldo Baldin, Nikolaus Hillebrand, Kölner Rundfunkchor, Kölner Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester*, Roland Bader E.T.A. Hoffmann, Krisztina Laki, Hildegard Laurich, Gwendolyn Killebrew, Aldo Baldin, Nikolaus Hillebrand, Kölner Rundfunkchor, Kölner Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester*, Roland Bader - Miserere B-Moll Fuer Soli, Chor Und Orchester (Album) Schwann Musica Mundi AMS 3525 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
66.22182 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Warschauer Messe In D-Moll album art E.T.A. Hoffmann Warschauer Messe In D-Moll(LP) Not On Label 66.22182 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
TC 1671 E.T.A. Hoffmann - The Tales of E.T. A. Hoffmann - Councillor Krespel album art E.T.A. Hoffmann Read By Ian Richardson (2) E.T.A. Hoffmann Read By Ian Richardson (2) - The Tales of E.T. A. Hoffmann - Councillor Krespel(LP, Album) Caedmon Records TC 1671 US 1981 Sell This Version
FSM 53 210 EB E.T.A. Hoffmann - Dichter Und Maler Als Komponisten = Poets And Painters As Composers album art Boris Pasternak / E.T.A. Hoffmann / Lyonel Feininger, Annie Gicquel Boris Pasternak / E.T.A. Hoffmann / Lyonel Feininger, Annie Gicquel - Dichter Und Maler Als Komponisten = Poets And Painters As Composers(LP, Album) FSM (2) FSM 53 210 EB Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Д 017779-80 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Щелкунчик album art Э. Т. А. Гофман* Щелкунчик(LP, Mono, Whi) Мелодия Д 017779-80 USSR 1981 Sell This Version
VMS 1627 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Sinfonie Es-Dur - Ouverture Zu "Die Lustigen Musikanten"  album art E.T.A. Hoffmann, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lothar Zagrosek, Roland Bader E.T.A. Hoffmann, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Lothar Zagrosek, Roland Bader - Sinfonie Es-Dur - Ouverture Zu "Die Lustigen Musikanten" (Comp, Album) Schwann Musica Mundi VMS 1627 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
VMS 1616 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Die Lustigen Musikanten. Ausschnitte aus dem Singspiel von Clemens von Brentano album art E.T.A. Hoffmann, Lothar Zagrosek E.T.A. Hoffmann, Lothar Zagrosek - Die Lustigen Musikanten. Ausschnitte aus dem Singspiel von Clemens von Brentano(LP, Gat) Schwann Musica Mundi VMS 1616 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
SBR 128 E.T.A. Hoffmann - The Nutcracker  album art E.T.A. Hoffmann The Nutcracker (LP, Album) Caedmon Records SBR 128 US 1985 Sell This Version
MD+G G1206 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Klaviertrio E-Dur / Klaviertrio C-Dur Op. 87 album art E.T.A. Hoffmann, Genberg-Trio, Johannes Brahms E.T.A. Hoffmann, Genberg-Trio, Johannes Brahms - Klaviertrio E-Dur / Klaviertrio C-Dur Op. 87(LP) Musikproduktion Dabringhaus Und Grimm MD+G G1206 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Z128-2 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Nutcracker album art E.T.A. HoffmannTchaikovsky* : Christopher Plummer, Michael Tilson Thomas, Philharmonia Orchestra E.T.A. HoffmannTchaikovsky* : Christopher Plummer, Michael Tilson Thomas, Philharmonia Orchestra - Nutcracker(2xCD, Album) Caedmon Records Z128-2 US 1986 Sell This Version
SX 2762 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Dziadek Do Orzechów album art E.T.A. Hoffmann Dziadek Do Orzechów(LP, Album) Polskie Nagrania Muza SX 2762 Poland 1989 Sell This Version
SX-T 146 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Dziadek Do Orzechów album art E.T.A. Hoffmann Dziadek Do Orzechów(LP) Tonpress SX-T 146 Poland 1990 Sell This Version
Д-017779—80 Э. Т. А. Гофман* Щелкунчик Мелодия Д-017779—80 USSR 1966 Sell This Version
3-1092-2 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Undine album art E.T.A. Hoffmann - Elisabeth Glauser, Krisztina Laki, Mani Mekler, Hans Franzen, Roland Hermann, Karl Ridderbusch, Roland Bader E.T.A. Hoffmann - Elisabeth Glauser, Krisztina Laki, Mani Mekler, Hans Franzen, Roland Hermann, Karl Ridderbusch, Roland Bader - Undine(3xCD + Box) Koch Schwann 3-1092-2 Austria 1993 Sell This Version
3-5041-3, 350 413 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Miserere B-moll / Sinfonie Es-dur album art E.T.A. Hoffmann - Süddeutsches VokalensembleConcerto BambergRolf Beck E.T.A. Hoffmann - Süddeutsches VokalensembleConcerto BambergRolf Beck - Miserere B-moll / Sinfonie Es-dur Koch Schwann, Koch Schwann, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk 3-5041-3, 350 413 Austria 1996 Sell This Version
999 320-2 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Complete Piano Sonatas album art E.T.A. Hoffmann - Wolfgang Brunner E.T.A. Hoffmann - Wolfgang Brunner - Complete Piano Sonatas(CD) cpo 999 320-2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
MPM 98 02, MPM 9802 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Miserere In B-moll album art E.T.A. Hoffmann, Festivalchor Arosa E.T.A. Hoffmann, Festivalchor Arosa - Miserere In B-moll(CD, Album) Martin Pearson Music, Martin Pearson Music MPM 98 02, MPM 9802 Switzerland 1998 Sell This Version
3-1445-2 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Messe D-Moll / Mass In D Minor - Motetten / Motets album art E.T.A. Hoffmann Messe D-Moll / Mass In D Minor - Motetten / Motets(CD) Koch Schwann 3-1445-2 Austria 1999 Sell This Version
CPN 1524 E.T.A. Hoffmann - The Story Of The Nutcracker album art Claire Bloom, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, E.T.A. Hoffmann Claire Bloom, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, E.T.A. Hoffmann - The Story Of The Nutcracker(CD, RE) Caedmon Records CPN 1524 US 1999 Sell This Version
999 606-2 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Arlequin Ballet • Overtures album art E.T.A. Hoffmann, Johannes Goritzki, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss E.T.A. Hoffmann, Johannes Goritzki, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss - Arlequin Ballet • Overtures(CD, Album) cpo 999 606-2 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
999 607-2 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Dirna album art E.T.A. Hoffmann, Angelika Krautzberger, Martin Herrmann (4), Werner Klockow, Johannes Goritzki, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Kammerchor Cantemus E.T.A. Hoffmann, Angelika Krautzberger, Martin Herrmann (4), Werner Klockow, Johannes Goritzki, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Kammerchor Cantemus - Dirna(CD) cpo 999 607-2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
471 795-2 E.T.A. Hoffmann Gelesen Von Hans-Jürgen Schatz E.T.A. Hoffmann Gelesen Von Hans-Jürgen Schatz - Nußknacker Und Mausekönig(2xCD) Deutsche Grammophon Literatur 471 795-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
999 309-2 E.T.A. Hoffmann - Chamber Music album art E.T.A. Hoffmann Chamber Music(CD) cpo 999 309-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version