Zelter, Karl Friedrich, composer and conductor (1758-1832). "Heinrich von Ofterdingen. 1. Th. 117". Autograph musical manuscript signed.

[Probably Berlin, c. 1815].

Folio. 2 pp.


The "Song of Zulima" from Novalis's fragment "Heinrich von Ofterdingen", set to music (for voice and piano), probably for the "Liedertafel" society, beginning with "Bricht das matte Herz noch immer", in e flat ("Andantino").

"[In 1800, Zelter] took over the [Berlin] Singakademie, and during nearly 30 years as its director he made it one of the most important organizations of its kind [...] In 1807 he established the Riepienschule, an instrumental group to accompany the Singakademie; it was from this group, in 1826, that Eduard Reitz formed his Philharmonic Society, the organization later to become the Berlin Philharmonic [...] In 1809 Zelter established the 'Liedertafel', an organization for men loosely modelled after the Meistersinger guilds, to foster the composition and performance of new lieder and choral music. It met monthly to perform songs composed by its members and became a prototype for the many men's singing societies formed throughout Germany in the 19th century" (New Grove XX, 664).

Slight browning due to paper.

Cf. RISM 452522452 (ms. copy in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, music dept., Mus.ms. 23569/28).

Stock Code: BN#34969 Tags: ,