Seidel, Friedrich Ludwig
- Alfred Loewenberg
- , revised by Bruce Carr
(b Treuenbrietzen, June 1, 1765; d Berlin, May 5, 1831). German organist, conductor and composer. He was a pupil of Benda in Berlin, although Reichardt, who took him into his house there, must also have taught him a good deal. He lived in Berlin all his life. In 1792 he was organist at the Marienkirche, in 1801 assistant conductor at the National Theatre (at the instigation of B.A. Weber, who had heard his Singspiel Claudine von Villa Bella), in 1808 musical director of the royal chapel, and in 1822 court Kapellmeister. He was pensioned in 1830.
Besides Claudine, the score of which is now lost, Seidel’s works include three ballets and a number of operas and theatrical pieces including Der Dorfbarbier Zweiter Theil, oder Die Schmids-Wittwe (one-act farce, a sequel to Schenk’s opera, 1807) and Lilla (J.W. von Goethe, 1818); incidental music to several plays including Goethe’s ...