Weis [Weiss], Friedrich Wilhelm
- David Ossenkop
(b Göttingen, May 3, 1744; d Rotenburg an der Fulda, July 26, 1826). German physician and composer . He took his medical degree at Göttingen, where he established a practice and also lectured in botany at the university. Bürger and the members of the Göttinger Hainbund admired his musical talents and often asked him to set their poetry to music. He published three collections of Lieder mit Melodien (Lübeck and Leipzig, 1775–9), a further 16 lieder in the Göttinger Musenalmanach (1773–85), 11 in Voss’s Musenalmanach (1776–8) and others in various anthologies. Strophic form predominates in these works, and several have attractive melodies, though there are frequent inept progressions in the accompaniments. Weis also published two volumes of Charakteristische englische Tänze (Lübeck, 1777–8). In 1786 he was appointed privy councillor and physician in ordinary to the Count of Hessen-Rotenburg, after which his interest in music seems to have ceased....