Hugo Wolf was a man torn by inner conflict
. On the one hand he was sensitive, lyrical and subtle in his lieder, and on the other hand a lively and harsh critic of the contemporary Viennese music scene. Wolf is described in the subtitle of one biography - not without justification - as the "angry romantic"
. Born in Windischgratz (today's Slovenj Gradec in Slovenia) on 13th March 1860, he died insane surrounded by his closest friends on 22nd February 1903. Wolf, who composed orchestra, opera
, chamber and choral music, is the most important composer of lieder between Brahms and Schönberg