Carl Friedrich Zelter

Carl Friedrich Zelter

  • Born
    11th December 1758
  • Died
    15th May 1832
  • Birthplace
    Berlin, Germany
Carl Friedrich Zelter was a German composer, conductor and teacher of music. Working in his father's bricklaying business, Zelter attained mastership in that profession, and was a musical autodidact. Zelter was born and died in Berlin. He became friendly with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and his works include settings of Goethe's poems. During his career, he composed about two hundred lieder, as well as cantatas, a viola concerto (performed as early as 1779) and piano music.