1758–1832

Introduction

Born: De­cem­ber 11, 1758, Ber­lin, Ger­ma­ny.

Died: May 15, 1832, Ber­lin, Ger­ma­ny.

Buried: So­phien­kirche, Ber­lin, Ger­ma­ny.

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Biography

Zelter was a self taught com­pos­er, con­duct­or and mu­sic teach­er. Work­ing in his fa­ther’s brick­lay­ing bu­si­ness, Zelter al­so at­tained mas­ter­ship in that pro­fess­ion.

At va­ri­ous times, he taught Fel­ix Men­dels­sohn, Fan­ny Men­dels­sohn, Gia­co­mo Mey­er­beer, Ed­uard Grell, Ot­to Nic­o­lai, Jo­hann Fried­rich Naue, and Hein­rich Dorn.

Works

A friend of Jo­hann Wolf­gang von Goe­the, Zel­ter’s works in­clude set­tings of Goe­the’s poems.

During his ca­reer, he comp­osed about two hun­dred lied­er, as well as can­ta­tas, a vi­o­la con­cer­to and pi­ano mu­sic.

Music