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Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg
1760 - 1802 DE
Born: 10/01/1760, Sachsenflur DE
Died: 27/01/1802, Stuttgart DE
Zumsteeg's received his early education at the Carlschule in Stuttgart, where he became intimate friends with the poet Friedrich Schiller.
In 1781, at the age of 21, he became solo cellist at the Stuttgart court where he worked for the rest of his live. 1783 at the age of 23 Zumsteeg married Luise Andreae with whom he had seven children. In 1791, at the age of 31, he was appointed court director. In this capacity, Zumsteeg championed the works of German composers in Stuttgart (such as the operas Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte of Mozart), countering the dominant Italian influence at the court. In 1802, at the age of 42, he died just after been promoted to court Konzertmeister.
Perhaps the most well-known of Zumsteeg's compositions are the seven volumes of aprox 300 Kleine Lieder und Balladen, which were highly popular in Germany in the early 19th century and had a great influence after his dead on the young Franz Schubert.
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Selection of key operas
  • Das tatarische Gesetz DE - 1780 - Singspiel
  • Die Geisterinsel DE - 1801
  • Das Pfauenfest DE - 1801 - Singspiel
  • Elbondocani DE - 1803
Complete list of operas with details