Johann Baptist Mayrhofer

(3 November 1787 – 5 February 1836 / Steyr)

Biography of Johann Baptist Mayrhofer

Johann Baptist Mayrhofer poet

Johann Baptist Mayrhofer was an Austrian poet and librettist. He is best known for his close friendship with the composer Franz Schubert.


Mayrhofer was born in Steyr, educated and Novitiate in St. Florian's Priory Upper Austria. In 1810 he began to study Jurisprudence and Theology at the University of Vienna, both of which courses he finished. In 1814 he met the young composer Franz Schubert and his friends (Joseph von Spaun, Franz von Schober). Mayrhofer wrote a lot of lyric poetry and published it in 1824.47 Schubert songs and two of his operas are based on Mayrhofer’s lyric poems. As a young man Mayrhofer had been hopelessly in love with Mina (Wilhelmina Watteroth), the daughter of Heinrich Watteroth, who was one of Mayrhofer's professors and for a short time also his landlord. In his late years Mayrhofer (like Schubert) fell in love with a young 15 year old girl, the daughter of his landlord Doctor Strauss.Mayrhofer, who had been a hypochondriac all his life, committed suicide by jumping from the window of his office in Vienna.

Johann Baptist Mayrhofer's Works:


Die Freunde von Salamanca (1815)
Adrast (1819)


Edition 1824
Ernst von Feuchtersleben’s Edition 1843
Mayrhofer’s Schubert songs

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