Friedrich Dotzauer (1783-1860)


Encouraged by his father to pursue a musical career, Dotzauer studied the piano and violin before eventually choosing the cello as his main instrument. His talent was clear to all early on and he began giving concerts by the time he was fifteen. A few years later, he was serving as a cellist in the court orchestra of Meiningen. Eventually he was able to obtain the prestigious position of solo cellist in the Royal Orchestra at Dresden. His playing dazzled all who heard it, and his skills as a teacher resulted in what became known as the “Dresden school” of cello performance. He concertized to much acclaim throughout Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and France, continuing to perform in public right up until his retirement in 1850. Many of his students became famous cellists in their own right and include such names as Friedrich Grützmacher, Bernhard Cossmann and Julius Goltermann.

“In this concert we also heard [the String Quintet] by Dotzauer. The mere mention of the name of this excellent composer is enough to insure those among the public who truly understand art that the work was a resounding success.”   – Allgemeiner musicalische Zeitung

Selected Works

Chamber music

  • String Quintet in D minor, Op. 134 (2 violins, viola, 2 cellos)
  • Quartet for cello obbligato, 2 violins, and viola, Op. 64
  • Six Pieces for 3 Cellos, Op. 104
  • Canon in G major for two violins

Instrumental music

  • Three Etudes for cello solo


Friedrich Dotzauer: Chamber Music For Strings (Quintet, Op. 134 / Quartet, Op. 64 / 6 Pieces, Op. 104 / 3 Etudes / Canon) - Anner Bylsma / L'Archibudelli / Smithsonian Chamber Players