Müller, Wilhelm

BORN 7 Oct 1794, Dessau, Sachsen-Anhalt - DIED 1 Oct 1827, Dessau, Sachsen-Anhalt
BIRTH NAME Müller, Johann Ludwig Wilhelm
GRAVE LOCATION Dessau, Sachsen-Anhalt: Historischer Friedhof I, Chaponstrasse

Son of a tailor. His mother died in 1808 and his father married the wealthy widow Marie Seelmann-Gödel in 1809. In 1812 he started studying philology, but in 1813 he entered the Prussian army. He fought Napoleon's armies and in 1814 he became a lieutenant.

From 1816 onwards he visited literary salons in Berlin and he met Gustav Schwab, Clemens Brentano, Ludwig Tieck and Ludwig Berger. Berger put some of his texts to music. Müller fell in love with the poet Luise Hensel but she didn't anwer his love (and also turned down Clemens Brentano and Ludwig Berger). Franz Schubert wrote "Die schöne Müllerin" about Müller's unfulfilled love.

In 1817-1818 he travelled to Italy and in 1818 he found employment as a teacher in Dessau. He alco became librarian to the Duke. He became a freemason in Leipzig in 1820. On 21 May 1821 he married Adelheid Basedow (a granddaughter of Johann Bernhard Basedow) and they had two children.

In 1824 he participated in a musical event to raise funds for a memorial for Klopstock in Quedlinburg. His wife sang there and Carl Maria von Weber directed the event (a monument for Klopstock would be unveiled in 1831 in Quedlinburg). Also in 1824 he became a Hofrat.

In 1826 he fell ill and continued to cough severely. Several cures didn't help and in 1827 he died in Dessau, aged only 32. The philologist and orientalist Friedrich Max Müller (1823-1900) was his son.

• Wife: Müller, Adelheid (1821-1827)

Related persons
• met Brentano, Clemens
• was influenced by Byron, George Noel Gordon
• met Schwab, Gustav
• met Tieck, Ludwig


The grave of Wilhelm Müller at the Alter Friedhof, Dessau.
Picture by Androom (30 Aug 2007)


Wilhelm Müller (Dichter) – Wikipedia

Mulready, William

Published: 12 Jul 2015
Last update: 11 Feb 2022