Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff

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Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff.

Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff (born November 26, 1744 in Erlangen , † April 26, 1785 in Ansbach ) was a German poet , actor, composer, director and singer.


About the ancestors on the paternal side of Karl Siegmund (also Sigmund Karl) Reichsfreiherrn von Seckendorff-Aberdar :

  • The father was Wilhelm Johann Friedrich Reichsfreiherr von Seckendorff-Aberdar, on Markt Sugenheim, Unternzenn etc. (1708–1770); Imperial Real Secret Council, Brandenburg-Kulmbach-Bayreuth Minister, Knight Captain of the Canton Steigerwald.
  • The grandfather was Christoph Friedrich Baron von Seckendorff-Aberdar (1679–1759), on Markt Sugenheim, Unternzenn; Brandenburg-Ansbach Minister.
  • The great-grandfather was Christoph Sigmund Baron von Seckendorff-Aberdar (1629–1710), on Markt Sugenheim, Obern- und Unternehmerzenn etc .; Imperial real councilor, knight captain of the canton Altmühl.
  • The great-great-grandfather was Georg Albrecht Baron von Seckendorr-Aberdar (1594–1632), on Markt Sugenheim, Obern- und Unterstzenn etc.


Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff-Aberdar went into Austrian service in 1759 and remained there until the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763. He then moved as a captain to the royal Sardinian army, where he rose to lieutenant colonel before leaving the army for health reasons and in Saxon-Weimar services entered.

Seckendorff possessed - possibly due to his visit to the Bayreuth Academy of the Arts - knowledge of harmony and composition as well as piano, violin and cello playing. Carl August von Sachsen-Weimar therefore appointed him Chamberlain and "Directeur des plaisirs" in 1775

In Weimar S. belonged to the society of the Duchess Amalia . There he met the circle around Goethe , who came to Weimar at the same time. With his talent for poetry and music, equipped with rich life experience and a varied education, he was able to make his own contribution. He wrote for the German Merkur , provided translations and published an opera in 1779: “Superba”; in the same year he married Sophie von Kalb.

In 1784 he switched to Prussian service and became an authorized minister and Prussian envoy to the Frankish imperial circle , based in Ansbach . There he died of pulmonary tuberculosis on April 26, 1785, before taking up his post .

His wife Sophie, b. von Kalb, went on an educational trip to Italy with Johann Gottfried Herder and Johann Friedrich Hugo von Dalberg after his death in 1788/89 .


  • Superba , Singspiel (Weim. 1779)
  • The wheel of fate or the history of Lake Tchoan-gsee (Dessau and Leipzig 1783) ( digitized version )
  • Kalliste , tragedy (that. 1783),

He also published three collections of folk and other songs (Weimar 1779 to 1782).


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Michael Embach. Joscelyn Godwin: Johann Friedrich Hugo von Dalberg (1760-1812). Writer - musician - canon . Mainz: Ges.f. Middle Rhine. Church history 1998, p. 172 note 4
  2. Embach / Godwin, Dalberg, p. 172, note 4