Rudolf Sieczynski

Biography

Born: February 23, 1879; Vienna, Austria   Died: May 5, 1952; Vienna, Austria  
Widely ignored for a century by most reference books, even those in German, Rudolf Sieczynski is saved from oblivion by the popularity of a single song, the haunting Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume (Vienna, City of My Dreams). By day a government clerk, Sieczynski moonlighted most of his life as a composer, specializing in Wienerlieder, songs usually very sentimental and nostalgic about Vienna.

Born there at the height of Austria's Golden
Read more Age, Sieczynski learned the piano from his mother, but his formal studies were more practical, culminating in a doctorate in law from Vienna University. Johann Strauss II was still alive and a prominent Viennese musical figure through Sieczynski's youth, but with his death and the coming of the twentieth century, Austrian culture fell into what traditionalists regarded as decay, with a macabre expressionism developing in both music and visual art and the imperial political world falling apart in the years leading up to and including World War I. The period's new Viennese intellectuals and artists were seen as progressive trailblazers by the rest of the world, but at home they seemed more a threat to the comfortable old ways and nostalgia became a hot commodity among the bourgeoisie.

Sieczynski was very much a traditionalist by inclination and career. He was a government functionary all his adult life, toiling as a junior clerk in a provincial office when he wrote Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume in 1913. This he labeled as his Op. 1, and there followed through the war years a modest stream of similar pieces: such Wienerlieder as Das sind die Frauen und Mädchen von Wien and Ja, so ein Wiener Mäd'l, and such "conventional" but only subtly differentiated lieder as Du altes Österreich and the serenade Komm', mein Blondes, Kleines Mädchen. Almost incongruously, while he was writing this innocent-sounding material, he served through the war years as a director of the internment station of the Wöllersdorf prison camp.

After the war, firmly settled into a fairly high administrative post with Lower Austria's Regional Agricultural Authority, Sieczynski continued writing the occasional song, almost always setting his own text, into the early years of World War II. He also dabbled in literary areas, writing melodramas inspired by the works of minor Austrian poets and creating the libretto for a 1918 children's musical, Die selige Kinderzeit. His prose works include the studies Alt-Wien im Liede (1921) and Altwiener Volkskomiker (1947), and the largely autobiographical Wienerlied, Wiener Wein, Wiener Sprache (1947).

Sieczynski achieved positions of some authority in Viennese music circles, as president of the Österreichischer Komponistenbund (the Austrian composers' association) and, for 25 years, as vice president of AKM, the Austrian society of authors, composers, and music publishers. His greatest prize was probably Vienna's Ring of Honor, awarded him in 1948, but his music was so closely tied to its time and place that Sieczynski never achieved comparable recognition outside his native land. Read less
Browse 1-25 of 48 Available Recordings
1 2
  • 1.
    The Best Of Yvonne Kenny
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4764620 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Strauss,  Rudolf Sieczynski  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  Malcolm Martineau,  Caroline Almonte,  Joe Chindamo  ... 
    Conductor:  Wlodzimierz Kamirski,  Johannes Fritzsch,  Richard Bonynge,  Guy Noble  ... 
    CD: $22.49
    In Stock
    CD:  $22.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 2.
    Richard Tucker - The Song And Cantorial Album Collection [14-CD Set]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544474 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ernesto De Curtis,  Emanuele Nutile,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  Rodolfo Falvo  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tucker,  John Wustman,  John Huston,  Ben Irving  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfredo Antonini,  Nicolas Flagello,  Sholom Secunda,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Concert Orchestra,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Chamber Ensemble  ... 
    On sale!
    CD: $47.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $49.98   CD:  $47.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $49.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 3.
    Heart's Delight - Songs of Richard Tauber / Beczala
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001833702 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Rudolf Sieczynski,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Robert Stolz  ... 
    Performer:  Piotr Beczala,  Anna Netrebko,  Avi Avital,  Duncan Riddell
    Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Comedian Harmonists
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $11.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 4.
    Icon
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 001800802 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  George David Weiss,  André Rieu,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu,  Carmen Monarcha,  Carla Maffioletti,  Mirusia Louwerse  ... 
    CD: $8.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 5.
    Lehar & Co. / Richard Tauber
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90802 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Carl Zeller  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Tauber,  Vera Schwarz,  Carlotta Vanconti,  Jarmila Novotná
    Conductor:  Franz Lehár
    On sale! $22.98
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $22.98   CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 6.
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 165022 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Wagner,  Bedrich Smetana,  Engelbert Humperdinck  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Elisabeth Grümmer,  Gerald Moore,  Edwin Fischer  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Heinrich Schmidt,  Herbert von Karajan,  Lovro von Matacic  ... 
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 7.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - A Second A-Z Of Light Music
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5182 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Graeme Stuart,  Toni Leutwiler,  J. George Johnson,  Cecil Milner  ... 
    Performer:  Mitch Miller
    Conductor:  Curt Andersen,  Percy Faith,  Harry Davidson,  Sidney Torch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Regent Classic Orchestra,  Symphonia Orchestra,  New World Theatre Orchestra  ... 
    Recommendation
    On sale! $19.98
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $19.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 8.
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 937087 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Jacques Offenbach,  Rudolf Sieczynski,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Judith Durham
    Conductor:  André Rieu
    On sale! $44.99
    Import CD
    $39.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $44.99   CD:  $39.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 9.
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf Sings Operetta
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1122 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Heuberger,  Carl Zeller,  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Otto Ackermann,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
    Recommendation
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $6.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 10.
    Wien, Stadt Meiner Traume
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 98908 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz Lehár,  Robert Stolz,  Walter Jurmann  ... 
    Performer:  Akiko Nakajima,  Wolfgang Rauball
    Conductor:  Niels Muus
    Recommendation
    CD: $18.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $18.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 11.
    Hits & Evergreens
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 5332282 Release Date: 01/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando Marchetti,  André Rieu,  Jacob Gade,  Friedrich Schroder  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    Import CD
    $10.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $10.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 12.
    100 Best Placido Domingo
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47472 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Arrigo Boito,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Placido Domingo,  Montserrat Caballé,  Reri Grist  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  John Barker,  Bruno Bartoletti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $19.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $19.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 13.
    50 Best Placido Domingo
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48750 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Arrigo Boito,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto,  Placido Domingo,  Montserrat Caballé,  Reri Grist  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  John Barker,  Bruno Bartoletti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 14.
    Encore! / Vladimir Spivakov, Moscow Virtuosi
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68185 Release Date: 09/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Viktor Poltoratzsky,  Fritz Kreisler,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 15.
    The Best of the Vienna Choir Boys
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7585 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Rudolf Sieczynski,  Robert Stolz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
    CD: $12.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $12.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 16.
    Greatest Hits / Andre Rieu
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17764 Release Date: 03/03/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Emmerich Kálmán  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
    CD: $24.99
    On Order
    CD:  $24.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 17.
    Vienna, City Of My Dreams
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4766905 Release Date: 09/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Carl Zeller,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  Calvin Bowman,  Doug de Vries,  Wilma Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
    On sale! $37.98
    CD: $32.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $37.98   CD:  $32.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 18.
    Clair De Lune - Romantic Classical Showpieces / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35039 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rudolf Sieczynski,  Johannes Brahms,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Special Order
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 19.
    The Night They Invented Champagne
    Label: Prosody Records   Catalog: 3013291 Release Date: 02/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sigmund Romberg,  Arthur Sullivan,  Victor Herbert,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Arnaud Sussmann,  Sophie Shao,  Jessica Lee,  Kt Sullivan  ... 
    On sale! $19.98
    CD: $16.99
    Special Order
    On sale!   $19.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 20.
    Pure Domingo / Placido Domingo
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55616 Release Date: 07/23/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Arlen,  Giacomo Puccini,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Maurice Jarre  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo
    Conductor:  Eugene Kohn,  Manuel Moreno-Buendia,  Bruno Bartoletti,  Julius Rudel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Madrid Symphony Orchestra  ... 
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 21.
    Songs And Waltzes From Vienna - Lotte Lehman, Bruno Walter
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Portrait   Catalog: 47682 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Nico Dostal,  Hermann Leopoldi,  Ralph Benatzky  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Ulanowsky,  Lotte Lehmann
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 22.
    Treasured Songs Of Italy And Germany
    Label: Adelmo Guidarelli   Catalog: 5637198002 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Denza,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Cesare Andrea Bixio,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  Adelmo Guidarelli,  David Maiullo
    CD: $14.99
    Special Order
    CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 23.
    Welcome To Vienna / Beverly Sills, Julius Rudel, London Phil
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47524 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rudolf Sieczynski,  Franz Lehár,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Heuberger  ... 
    Performer:  Beverly Sills
    Conductor:  Julius Rudel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Recommendation
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 24.
    Label: Nightingale Classics   Catalog: 12345 Release Date: 12/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gian Carlo Menotti,  Franz Lehár,  Robert Stolz  ... 
    Performer:  Wilhelm Loibner,  Julius Patzak,  Rudolf Christ,  Ruthilde Boesch
    Conductor:  Robert Stolz,  Bernhard Paumgartner,  Max Schönherr
    On sale! $18.98
    CD: $16.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $18.98   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 25.
    The Never Ending Waltz / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80668 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Léo Delibes,  Léon Fyodorovich Minkus  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
    CD: $16.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

1 2