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Marianne von Willemer

(1784- 1860)

Marianne von Willemer was an Austrian actress and dancer best known for her relationship with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and her appearance in his poetry. At the age of 14 she moved to Frankfurt am Main, where she became the third wife of Frankfurt banker Johann Jakob von Willemer. He introduced her to Goethe, who met Marianne in 1814 and 1815. Goethe immortalised her in the Buch Suleika of his late work West-östlicher Diwan; she later revealed that several of its poems were authored by her.

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Related Songs

Composed Title Composer
Lied der Suleika (Op. 25 no.9) Robert Schumann
Liebeslied (Op. 51 no.5) Robert Schumann
Suleika (Op. 34 no.4) Felix Mendelssohn
Suleika (Op. 57 no.3) Felix Mendelssohn
Suleika I (D720) Franz Schubert
Suleika II (D717) Franz Schubert