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Walther von Goethe

Walther von Goethe

German composer
Walther von Goethe
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Intro German composer
A.K.A. Walter Goethe
Was Musician Composer
From Germany
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 9 April 1818, Weimar, Germany
Death 15 April 1885, Leipzig, Germany (aged 67 years)
Star sign AriesAries
Family
Mother: Ottilie von Goethe
Father: August von Goethe
Siblings: Wolfgang Maximilian von GoetheAlma von Goethe
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Biography

Walther Wolfgang Freiherr von Goethe (9. April 1818 - 15. April 1885) was a German composer and court chamberlain. He was one of the grandsons and last living descendant of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Goethe was the eldest child of August and Ottilie von Goethe. He was always frail when he grew up and did not attend public school. He had his first music lesson when he was fifteen with the Weimar Kapellmeister Karl Eberwein. Later Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy taught him to play the piano, because he showed musical talent. He achieved little success with his songs and operas, weighted down by his name. In 1825 Weimar City Council awarded him, his father and his brother civil rights of residence in Weimar in perpetuity.

Above all in 1842 he opposed the suggestion of the German Confederation to acquire the Goethe House in Weimar and the estate of the poet for the nation. He lived mainly in the attic of the Goethe House. In 1859, he and his brother were made Freiherr (Baron).

Goethe died 1885 on a journey to Leipzig. Like stated in his will, the Goethe House, together with the library and extensive collection, was bequeathed to the state of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. This allowed the Goethe Museum to be founded.

Goethe was the last descendant of the poet and, like his brother and sister, had no descendants. His gravestone states: "With him ends Goethe's dynasty, the name will last forever."

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https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb14846825x
https://data.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb14846825x
https://d-nb.info/gnd/118695959
http://isni.org/isni/0000000039976503
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2002031924
http://data.bibliotheken.nl/id/thes/p230020763
https://www.idref.fr/135772044
https://viaf.org/viaf/10116203
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-no2002031924
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