Droste-Hülshoff, Annette von
- Marcia J. Citron
(b Hülshoff, nr Münster, Westphalia, Jan 14, 1797; d Meersburg, May 24, 1848). German poet and composer. She came from a musical family and studied the piano and singing, beginning to compose around 1820. Largely through the influence of her brother-in-law, Lassberg, she became interested in collecting old Volkslieder and contributed to the collections of Ludwig Uhland and August Haxthausen. This interest culminated in her arrangement of the Lochamer Liederbuch for voice and piano (c1836). In addition, she composed many lieder to poetry by herself and others (e.g. Goethe, Brentano and Byron). Her literary talent was so highly respected that Robert Schumann, through Clara, requested an opera libretto from her in 1845. She began composing several operas of her own, but these were never completed. Compared to that of contemporary lieder, Droste-Hülshoff's style is simple, showing the influence of the Volkslied, and with the voice usually dominating the piano. A few lieder are recitative-like in texture (e.g. ...