July 2, 1763, Mannheim, Germany.

August 1, 1846.

Ritter’s father was oboist Georg Wilhelm Ritter, and his uncle was bassoonist Georg Wenzel. Like Meyerbeer and Weber, he was a pupil of Abbé Vogler.

Ritter began playing cello in the Mannheim National Theater orchestra in 1786 and became one of its concert masters in 1801; from 1803 to 1823, he was its Kapellmeister. In addition to more than 20 works for the stage, including Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Ritter composed church music and various instrumental works. His brother Heinrich Ludwig Ritter became known as a violinist, and his son Karl August as a singer.

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