Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) was an Austrian composer primarily known for his late Romantic contribution to the German artsong (lied).

Temperamental and depressive, Wolf worked in fits and starts, producing his most well-known work over the span of only a few years.  Heavily influenced by Wagner, he was given the sobriquet "Wagner of the art-song" for his ability to convey a wide emotional range through his accompaniments and orchestration, often wedding the inspiring poetry (by Goethe, Morike, and Spanish and Italian poets) and his music so perfectly as to be considered definitive.
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Simeon - 3 Feb 2010