Stegmann, Carl David
- Andrew D. McCredie
(b Staucha, nr Meissen, 1751; d Bonn, May 27, 1826). German tenor, harpsichordist, conductor and composer. He received his initial musical training from the local organist at Staucha, then studied in Dresden with J.F. Zillich (from 1760), at the Kreuzschule (1766–70) and later under Homilius and the violinist H.F. Weisse. Thereafter he rose rapidly as singer, actor and harpsichordist; he went to Breslau in 1772 (with the Wäser theatre company), Königsberg in 1773, Heilsberg (now Lidzbark Warmiński) in 1774 (as court harpsichordist to the Bishop of Ermeland), Danzig in 1775, Königsberg again in 1776 (with the Schuch company) and later appeared in Gotha (at the court theatre). From 1778 to 1783 he made the first of two extended visits to Hamburg, winning particular renown as a harpsichordist. By that time five of his operas and Singspiele, first produced earlier in Königsberg and Danzig, were attracting performances elsewhere in northern Germany. In ...