Ludwig Hirsch

Ludwig Hirsch ( born February 28, 1946 in Vineyard / Book -St Magdalena, Styria, . † November 24, 2011 in Vienna ) was an Austrian songwriter and actor.


Hirsch grew up in Vienna's Leopoldstadt and studied for his school graphics at the Academy of Applied Arts, but then attended drama school Krauss in Vienna. He made his debut in 1973 at the Stadttheater Regensburg. Then he stood in Wuppertal and at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg on stage. From 1975 to 1979 Ludwig Hirsch was a member of the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna.

In 1978, he began his career as a singer-songwriter with critical, macabre and morbid lyrics. The station Ö3 forbade his song Come on, big black bird to play because of the morbid and sinister atmosphere after 22 clock - out of fear that listeners might commit suicide. Hirsch was an important representative of Austropop. In some of his works but he was also a modern performer of the "classical" Viennese treasure of songs (about 1834 of the resulting " Plane Song ").

In the years 1991 and 1992, Hirsch played with tape before more than 200,000 spectators, many of his most famous songs, embedded in a frame story. Often Ludwig Hirsch went but even with his guitarist John M. Bertl on tour.

His studio album went gold beads in Austria. For this album, he was awarded the Amadeus Austrian Music Award. A new album was released in May 2006, states in eternity ladies. Then he sang the title Rebekah and I, together with Rebekka Bakken. He also hosted the radio program Siesta at the Austrian radio station Ö3.

Ludwig Hirsch was married since 1977 to actress Cornelia Köndgen, with whom he had a son.

November 24, 2011 Ludwig Hirsch died on the premises of the Vienna Wilhelminenspital. The police suspect suicide. Hirsch received an honorary grave dedicated to the city of Vienna on the Gersthoferstrasse Cemetery (Group 2, Series 6, No. 59).


Hirsch was particularly well known for its written in the tradition of Georg Kreisler bitingly sarcastic lyrics that he often musically connected in a characteristic way with a romantic, melancholy, melody. With this style of antagonism between text and music, he gave the substantive content of many of his songs a deepening poignancy.

Honors and Awards

  • The Austrian Post honored Ludwig Hirsch with a published on 3 September 1993 5.50 -shilling stamp.
  • Him the Silver Medal was awarded for services to the City of Vienna in 2001.
  • In 2003 he received the Amadeus Austrian Music Award in the category Artist Pop / Rock nationally for his album pearls.
  • On June 28, 2011 him the Vienna Golden Hall man was handed over.
  • May 1, 2012 him the Amadeus Austrian Music Award was awarded posthumously for his life's work.




Filmography (selection)