Ave Maria Op. 19
Composer: Friedrich W. Kucken (1810-1882), 1874
Friedrich W. Kücken; Kuecken
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|Friedrich Wilhelm Kücken (November 16, 1810 –
April 3, 1882) was a German composer and conductor.
Kücken was born in Bleckede. He learned piano as a child and played chamber
music in his youth. After moving to Schwerin he studied under Friedrich
Lührss, Paul Aron, and George Rettberg. He composed the song Ach, wie wärs
möglich dann, which became quite popular and resulted in his being chosen
for the court of Grand Duke Paul Friedrich von Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He
furthered his studies in 1832 with Joseph Birnbach in Berlin and later with
Sechter in Vienna (1941-43), as well as with Halevy and Marco Bordogni in
Paris. He held a conducting position at a Stuttgart court theater from 1851
to 1861. He died in Schwerin.
His works included choral pieces, opera, and others. Nikolai
Rimsky-Korsakov viewed Kücken's work dimly as "saccharine." His most
popular work was the opera Der Prätendent, premiered in Stuttgart in 1847.
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