It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this
Also listening to:

Albert Lortzing

October 23, 1801 - January 21, 1851
born in Berlin, Germany, composed during the Romantic period
Albert Lortzing is remembered chiefly for his 1837 opera Zar und Zimmermann, but he also wrote other works of artistic merit, including the operas Undine (1845) and Rolands Knappen (1849). His greatest strength lay in the realm of comic opera, where he developed a style that fused elements from the French opéra-comique genre with those of the German singspiel. When he ventured into more serious subject matter, as in his opera, Regina (1848), he often lost his way. Lortzing also wrote a small number of orchestral and choral works.

Lortzing was born on October 23, 1801, in Berlin. His parents were amateur actors, thus drawing their precocious only child (a sister died in infancy) to the stage. Young Albert's first love, however, was music, and he showed remarkable talent for it in his early childhood. He would begin composing small pieces and eventually take piano lessons from J. H. Greibel. He also took instruction in theory from Rungenhagen.

Lortzing's father sold the family tannery business in 1812 to take up acting professionally with his wife, while young Albert continued studying composition (largely on his own), as well as violin and cello. He also began taking children's parts on the stage. Over the next several years, the family moved to a number of locales: Bamberg (1813), Strasbourg (1814), Bonn (1817), and elsewhere. Lortzing had already written several ambitious scores by 1817, including music for the Kotzebue play Der Schutzgeist. In 1820, he wrote the Andante maestoso con variazioni, for horn and orchestra. Other significant compositions followed, and the composer also began courting an actress, Rosina Regina Ahles, whom he married on January 30, 1823.

Lortzing continued his acting, singing, and composing careers, appearing in plays, often with his wife and parents, and turning out works like the 1829 Die Himmelfahrt Jesu Christi. A string of singspiels from 1832, including Der Pole und sein Kind and Szenen aus Mozarts Leben, all use music from other sources.

Lortzing wrote his first comic opera, Die Beiden Schützen in 1835, staged two years later with great success in Berlin and other German cities. His greatest success came next, however, with the aforementioned Zar und Zimmermann; it was performed the same year, but achieved widespread success beginning in 1839. Other notable operas followed, too -- Der Wildschütz (1842), for example -- while Lortzing continued singing and acting. By now he was a dissatisfied producer, covetous of a conducting post. In 1844, he got his wish, becoming kapellmeister at the Leipzig Stadttheater. But he did not perform well in the post and was dismissed in 1846. Immensely popular from his operas, however, he quickly received the appointment as kapellmeister at the Theater an der Wien, where his new opera Der Waffenschmied was premiered in May that year. But, as in Leipzig, Lortzing began experiencing setbacks: he was unable to get Regina performed (and never did in his lifetime), and was dismissed in September of that year.

Lortzing took up his last directorship in April, 1850, at the Friedrich-Wilhelmstadt Theater in Berlin. His last opera was premiered in Frankfurt am Main in January 1851; he died the following day from a stroke, leaving his wife and 11 children in financial difficulty. ~ Robert Cummings, Rovi
full bio

Comments

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[115, 78, 110, 96, 123, 66, 65, 127, 75, 118, 125, 74, 78, 103, 97, 111, 99, 90, 75, 127, 113, 112, 65, 104, 74, 104, 87, 89, 101, 75, 117, 86, 101, 72, 105, 98, 98, 105, 100, 102, 80, 126, 84, 72, 108, 109, 91, 91, 68, 97, 106, 107, 81, 126, 124, 102, 100, 71, 127, 68, 114, 114, 66, 83, 110, 113, 102, 107, 126, 104, 123, 108, 114, 108, 92, 82, 78, 80, 86, 68, 90, 82, 83, 94, 75, 84, 97, 69, 77, 69, 68, 78, 75, 113, 70, 126, 118, 79, 126, 112, 103, 100, 66, 93, 108, 113, 83, 101, 123, 113, 68, 84, 99, 74, 108, 90, 100, 70, 82, 86, 120, 72, 88, 65, 83, 106, 91, 122, 122, 79, 73, 124, 81, 111, 118, 104, 102, 101, 83, 111, 118, 103, 65, 101, 113, 90, 125, 101, 86, 68, 111, 113, 70, 67, 75, 86, 121, 75, 97, 104, 67, 87, 124, 75, 101, 96, 127, 113, 109, 89, 120, 115, 109, 96, 113, 114, 86, 64, 85, 122, 69, 90, 65, 111, 119, 74, 92, 126, 76, 74, 83, 86, 78, 74, 92, 114, 113, 99, 111, 95, 110, 107, 107, 92, 64, 95, 82, 106, 74, 85, 96, 74, 112, 120, 101, 117, 112, 89, 68, 97, 127, 79, 79, 100, 126, 71, 113, 109, 75, 99, 82, 72, 70, 79, 113, 90, 75, 123, 74, 78, 67, 78, 122, 124, 86, 101, 119, 101, 99, 67, 84, 73, 126, 117, 127, 121, 79, 88, 85, 113, 81, 108, 74, 79, 82, 96, 91, 114, 74, 69, 103, 109, 120, 113, 65, 65, 75, 125, 120, 95, 70, 77, 64, 126, 112, 118, 112, 111, 79, 89, 64, 108, 84, 106, 127, 110, 82, 101, 66, 97, 65, 106, 93, 98, 96, 106, 100, 97, 81, 81, 65, 102, 116, 65, 76, 77, 67, 106, 70, 79, 78, 82, 109, 68, 102, 90, 95, 104, 77, 87, 91, 98, 119, 118, 121, 118, 95, 69, 103, 89, 89, 89, 101, 90, 86, 93, 95, 72, 108, 124, 107, 69, 96, 76, 64, 68, 85, 94, 107, 102, 74, 102, 95, 82, 66, 92, 79, 75, 93, 72, 112, 123, 69, 74, 101, 87, 119, 67, 117, 103, 117, 109, 83, 95, 84, 81, 68, 76, 68, 64, 89, 70, 74, 121, 72, 122, 93, 95, 90, 98, 102, 65, 67, 91, 86, 118, 84, 93, 103, 126, 126, 105, 114, 67, 119, 73, 117, 108, 105, 108, 111, 86, 64, 71, 81, 103, 95, 108, 73, 117, 99, 104, 91, 104, 69, 121, 94, 86, 75, 108, 124, 84, 86, 82, 79, 82, 106, 83, 70, 88, 89, 66, 81, 91, 96, 118, 118, 122, 97, 75, 73, 85, 73, 104, 123, 116, 110, 65, 87, 95, 76, 98, 108, 98, 112, 105, 67, 112, 106, 117, 75, 101, 80, 68, 123, 101, 103, 108, 70, 96, 119, 105, 90, 67, 89, 125, 121, 72, 76, 66, 67, 124, 121, 72, 74, 69, 81, 88, 89, 64, 126, 89]