November 16, 1810, Bleckede, Lüneburg, Germany.

April 3, 1882, Schwerin, Germany.


Kücken learned piano as a child and played chamber music in his youth. After moving to Schwerin, he studied under Friedrich Lührss, Paul Aron, and George Rettberg. He composed the song Ach, wie wärs möglich dann, which became quite popular and resulted in his being chosen for the court of Grand Duke Paul Friedrich von Mecklenburg-Schwerin. He furthered his studies in 1832 with Joseph Birnbach in Berlin, with Sechter in Vienna (1841–43), and Halevy and Marco Bordogni in Paris. He conducted at a Stuttgart court theater from 1851 to 1861.

Kücken’s works include choral pieces, opera, and others. His most popular work was the opera Der Prätendent, which premiered in Stuttgart in 1847.

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Kücken’s burial place