Wesseley, Carl Bernhard

1768-1826

 

German musical director and composer. He was born in Berlin; studied under J. A. P. Schulz, in 1788 became musical director at the National Theatre, in 1799 assumed the duties of chapelmaster in the service of Prince Heinrich at Rheinsberg, and occupied this post until the death of the Prince. In 1814 at Potsdam he organized a society for the study of classical music which he conducted a number of years, until his death, at Potsdam in the summer of 1826. He wrote several operas; funeral cantatas for Prince Heinrich and Moses Mendelssohn, was the author of a string quartet, songs and other music; contributed articles on musical subjects to the Allgemeine Zeitung and the Archiv der Zeit.