1773–1836

Introduction

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Born: May 26, 1773, Wetz­i­kon, Switz­er­land (near Zür­ich).

Died: De­cem­ber 26, 1836, Wetz­i­kon, Switz­er­land.

Buried: Private cemetery, Hohe Promenade, Zür­ich, Switz­er­land.

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Nägeli Monument in Zürich

Biography

Son of a cler­gy­man, Nä­ge­li has been called the man who taught Switz­er­land to sing. He was vir­tu­al­ly a na­tion­al he­ro of pop­u­lar mu­sic and folk sing­ing. His most po­pu­lar song, still sung in beer tents the world ov­er, is Freut euch des Le­bens (1791).

Nägeli helped found sev­er­al cho­ral so­ci­eties, and fre­quen­tly cor­res­pond­ed with Fried­rich Sil­cher, who great­ly ad­mired him.

Publications

Sources

Music