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LOUIS SCHNEIDER (1805-1878)

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 345 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LOUIS SCHNEIDER (1805-1878)  , German actor and author, was born at Berlin on the 29th of
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April 18o5, the son of George Abraham Schneider (1770-1839) . At an early age he was engaged at the Royal Theatre, Berlin, where he soon rose to
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play leading
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comedy parts . His reputation as a comedian grew with his success in such roles as Zierl in the Einfahrt vom Lande, Peter in the Kapellmeister von Venedig, Schikaneder in the Schauspieldirektor and Basileo in
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Figaro's Hochzeit, and he became the favourite of Berlin . In 1845 he was appointed head of the Royal opera in Berlin . But his bold patriotic couplets and impromptus during the revolutionary
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year 1848 necessitated his retirement, and thereafter he translated and adapted for the stage Mozart's Cosi fan tutti; published, under the pseudonym " L . W . Both," Das Buhnenrepertoire
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des Auslandes; and founded, as a result of his experiences as a soldier in the Danish war of 1849, the periodical Der Soldatenfreund . He also wrote Geschichte der Oper and des Opernhauses in Berlin (1845-1852) . Soon after his retirement he was appointed reader to King Frederick William IV. of Prussia, and subsequently he received the title of Geheimen Hofrat . He continued to enjoy the favour of the court, and, as correspondent of the Staatsanzeiger, was attached to the headquarters' staff of the Prussian army during the
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campaign of 1866; and, by
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special invitation, accompanied the emperor William during the war of 187o . Schneider also wrote a novel . Das Lose
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Gluck, and several volumes of reminiscences: Konig Wilhelm (1869), Kaiser Wilhelm, 1867—1871 (1875) .

He died at

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Potsdam on the 16th of December 1878 . See his
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posthumous
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memoirs, Aus meinem Leben (Berlin, 1899-188o), and Aus dem Leben Kaiser Wilhelms (1888), which caused some sensation on their publication .

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