Pfeiffer, Tobias Friedrich
- D.J. Rhodes
(b in or nr Weimar, ?1751; d? Düsseldorf, ?1805). German tenor, pianist and composer. He worked as an actor-singer in Weimar and then in Gotha (1778). From 1779 to 1780 he performed at the Elector of Cologne's theatre in Bonn, where he became acquainted with Johann van Beethoven, a tenor in the elector's service. He lodged with the Beethoven family until his departure, and in return gave Johann's son, the young Ludwig, piano lessons. During the next ten years he continued to travel; in 1789 he became a member of Joseph Seconda's Leipzig theatrical company, which performed his musical interlude (or prelude) Die Freuden der Redlichen (to words by Schocher) with great success. He settled in Düsseldorf in 1794 or 1795, and worked as a music teacher, receiving regular payments from Beethoven through Nicolaus Simrock. His compositions, which also included a cantata, Der Friede (c...