Rudolf Sieczynski

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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
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    Greatest Hits
    Label: Somerset Entertainment   Catalog: 58235 Release Date: 03/04/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Rieu,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Maurice Ravel,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu
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    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: The Complete Recitals 1952-74
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553028 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 31
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Anny Felbermayer,  Josef Metternich  ... 
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Otto Ackermann,  Lovro von Matacic,  Josef Krips  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Philharmonia Chorus  ... 
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    Corena In Orbit
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002109802 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  John Charles Sacco,  Francis Lemarque,  Jack Trommer  ... 
    Performer:  Fernando Corena
    Conductor:  Iller Pattacini,  Ernesto Nicelli,  Alberto Erede
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    Werke Von Johann Strauss Sohne, Lehar, Sarasate, Kalman, Sieczynski
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90817 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Franz Lehár,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Anton Sorokow,  Denise [Soprano Vocal] Beck
    Conductor:  Anton Sorokow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Ensemble
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    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  ... 
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    Richard Tucker - Song & Cantorial Album Collection
    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  ... 
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    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
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    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  ... 
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    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
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    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  ... 
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    Label: Sounds Of Yesteryear   Catalog: 861 Release Date: 09/20/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmerich Kálmán,  Rudolf Sieczynski,  Franz Lehár,  Robert Stolz  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
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    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
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    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
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    Encore! / Vladimir Spivakov, Moscow Virtuosi
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68185 Release Date: 09/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Viktor Poltoratzsky,  Fritz Kreisler,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
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    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
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    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
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    Clair De Lune - Romantic Classical Showpieces / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35039 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rudolf Sieczynski,  Johannes Brahms,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    The Night They Invented Champagne
    Label: Prosody Records   Catalog: 68806 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  ... 
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    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  ... 
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    Songs And Waltzes From Vienna - Lotte Lehman, Bruno Walter
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Portrait   Catalog: 47682 Release Date: 06/13/2007   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
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    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
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  • 22.
    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
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  • 23.
    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
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  • 24.
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - A Viennese Evening
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4390 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Carl Zeller,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Richard Heuberger  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Radio Canada Orchestra
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    Birgit Nilsson - Bell Telephone Hour 1961-1967
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4364 Release Date: 03/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Birgit Nilsson
    Conductor:  Donald Voorhees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra
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