Stelzner, Dr. Alfred

 

Renowned German composer, who has been called "the Beethoven of the violoncello," and who was born at Wiesbaden and at the present time resides in Dresden. Dr. Stelzner is credited with the invention of the yiolotta and the cellone, stringed instruments constructed upon a new system, and both of which were used in his fairy opera, Rübezahl, when it was produced at Dresden in 1902. Dr. Stelzner is not a prolific composer and up to 1903 had only composed thirteen works, but the originality and beauty of these according to music critics entitles him to rank among the most talented of the modern composers of Europe. He also is noted as an excellent performer on the cello.