Gabriele von Baumberg

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Gabriele von Baumberg

Gabriele (or Gabriella) von Baumberg (or Bamberg) (24 March 1766[1] – 24 July 1839), wife of János Batsányi (also Bacsányi), was an Austrian author and poet.


Von Baumberg was born in Vienna, the daughter of an Austrian civil servant. She received a humanistic education and from early on was fascinated by literature. As a result of her interest she later frequented the literary circles of Vienna.

She married the Hungarian author János Batsányi in 1805. Her husband translated Napoleon's proclamation into Hungarian after which, as a traitor, he was obliged to flee to Paris, taking his wife with him.

After the end of the Napoleonic Wars Batsányi was handed over to the Austrian authorities, who at first imprisoned him in Vienna and then exiled him to Linz. Gabriele accompanied him to both places, and died in Linz in 1839.

She wrote short poems and prose pieces throughout her life.


  • Sämmtliche Gedichte (1800) [Complete Poems], online (in German)
  • Amor und Hymen (1807) (volume of poetry)

Several of Baumberg's poems were set to music by Mozart and Schubert.[2]


  1. ^ ÖBL and BLKÖ give 1775; some sources give 1768.
  2. ^ Author: Gabriele von Baumberg (1766–1839), Lieder.Net

Further reading[edit]

  • Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich: Gabriele von Baumberg
  • "Bacsányi Gabriele von". In: Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815–1950 (ÖBL). Vol. 1, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 1957, p. 42.
  • Wolfram Seidler: Gabriele Baumberg (1766–1839), ihr Nachlass in der Bibliothek der Ungarischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. In: István Németh, András Vizkelety (ed.): Ex libris et manuscriptis. Quellen, Editionen, Untersuchungen zur österreichischen und ungarischen Geistesgeschichte. Akad. Kiadó, Budapest 1994, ISBN 963-05-6680-X, pp. 79–90 (Schriftenreihe des Komitees Österreich-Ungarn 3).
  • Youens, Susan. Schubert's Poets and the Making of Lieder Cambridge University Press, 1996.

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