From 1801 he attended high school in Rudolstadt , studied theology and classical literature in Leipzig from 1807 to 1810 . Since he saw his real destiny in music, he began vocal training in Dresden with the financial support of the regent of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt , Karoline von Hessen-Homburg . From 1810 to 1811 he worked as a chamber singer at the court theater in Rudolstadt and as a singing and instrument teacher. He was acquainted with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and taught singing to Friedrich Schiller's daughter Emilie.
When in 1813 patriots in Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt called for a fight against the Napoleonic occupation, Methfessel did not want to stand aside. He dedicated the song Out into the Distance to the volunteer corps set up there . He lived in Rudolstadt until 1816. In 1818 he published the General Commers and Songbook . From 1823 Methfessel was a music teacher and conductor in Hamburg , where he founded the Hamburger Liedertafel on April 19, 1823 . During this time he composed the Hamburg hymn Hammonia , which was performed publicly for the first time on April 19, 1828 for the 5th anniversary of the Hamburg Liedertafel. From 1832 he was the successor of Gottlob Wiedebein's court conductor at the opera house in Braunschweig . A hearing problem led to his early retirement in 1841 and ended his professional career. In 1865 he received an honorary doctorate from the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Jena .
Albert Methfessel died on March 23, 1869 in Heckenbeck .
He was married to the opera singer Louise Methfessel nee Lehmann (1818-1854).
While Methfessel left nothing permanent in the fields of opera and oratorio , his role in choral and songwriting was groundbreaking. With a new form of popular and student singing, he was considered a role model for his contemporaries.
- Out into the distance
- The god who made iron grow
- Matches with a bright, high tone
- Hamburg anthem
- Love entwined the holiest of ties (see A proud ship )
- In a sweet dream at a quiet night
- Good day
His hometown Stadtilm organized a music festival for his 150th birthday.
There are memorial stones on the market square and on the Heckenbeck cemetery.
A plaque on the house in Braunschweig reminds of his stay.
In his last place of residence, Heckenbeck , the main street was named after him. There are also streets in Berlin-Kreuzberg , Hamburg , Braunschweig , Rudolstadt , Würzburg, Munich, Bad Gandersheim and Stadtilm that bear his name.
- Thuringian Open Air Museum Hohenfelden (Ed.): On the way in the Ilm valley. Interesting facts and information for tourists and locals . MFB-Verlagsgesellschaft, Eisenach 1998, ISBN 3-931431-10-X , Johann Albert (Albrecht) Gottlieb Methfessel, p. 103 .
- Friedhelm Brusniak: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 17, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1994, ISBN 3-428-00198-2 , p. 230 f. ( ). In:
- Josef Sittard: Methfessel, Albert Gottlieb . In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Volume 21, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig 1885, pp. 511-514.
- Alfred Baumgartner: Propylaea World of Music - The Composers - A lexicon in five volumes . Propylaen Verlag, Berlin 1989, ISBN 3-549-07830-7 , pp. 32/33, volume 4 .
- Friedrich Hofmann: Memories of the oldest Thuringian nightingale from: The gazebo . Ernst Keil, Leipzig 1869, p. 373/376, issue 24 .
- Literature by and about Albert Methfessel in the catalog of the German National Library
- Works by and about Albert Methfessel in the German Digital Library
- The god who made iron grow in the Gutenberg-DE project Text by Ernst Moritz Arndt (1812).
- Sheet music and audio files by Albert Methfessel in the International Music Score Library Project
- The family had settled in Stadtilm since around 1500 and originally came from Breisgau , and numerous musicians also emerged from this branch of the family.
- Thuringian Open Air Museum Hohenfelden (ed.): On the way in the Ilm valley . 1998, ISBN 3-931431-10-X , pp. 103 .
- Karl-Josef Kutsch , Leo Riemens : Large singer lexicon . Unchanged edition. KG Saur, Bern, 1993, second volume M – Z, Sp. 1957, ISBN 3-907820-70-3
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Methfessel, Johann Albrecht Gottlieb|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German composer and conductor|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 6, 1785|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Stadtilm|
|DATE OF DEATH||March 23, 1869|
|Place of death||Heckenbeck|