E. T. A. Hoffmann
(1776—1822) German novelist, short-story writer, and music critic
(orig. Wilhelm, but adopted name Amadeus in homage to Mozart) (b Königsberg, 1776; d Berlin, 1822).
Ger. writer, music critic Hoffmann, composer, and conductor. Was th. cond. from 1808 at Bamberg, Leipzig, and Dresden. Comp. 10 operas, incl. Undine (Berlin 1816), ballet, sym., mass, pf. sonatas, etc. Best known for his essays and tales, which have remarkable bizarre humour. His character, the Kapellmeister Kreisler, inspired Schumann's Kreisleriana. He himself is the hero of Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann.