Moralt family [Muralter; Muralt, von]
- Folker Göthel
[Muralter; Muralt, von]
German family of musicians, represented by 18 members in the Munich Hofkapelle between 1787 and 1920, and best known for the celebrated Moralt String Quartet of the 19th century. A great-grandson of Jakob Moralt, who played in the first Moralt Quartet, was the conductor Rudolf Moralt.
(bc1741; d Munich, Nov 2, 1811). He was orchestral manager at Mannheim and went with the electoral court when it moved to Munich in 1778. No fewer than seven of his sons joined the Munich Hofkapelle. Through his wife Maria Anna Kramer the family was related to the London musical family Cramer.
(b Mannheim, 1774; d after 1842). Viola player, son of (1) Adam Moralt. He must have gone to London at an early age; he played a prominent part in English musical life and until 1842 was principal viola player in the Philharmonic Concerts....