Carl Adam Johann Nepomuk Zeller (19 June 1842 – 17 August 1898) was an Austrian composer of operettas.
Zeller was born in Sankt Peter in der Au, the only child of physician Johann Zeller and Maria Anna Elizabeth. Zeller's father died before his first birthday, after which his mother remarried Ernest Friedinger. In 1875, Zeller married Anna Maria Schwetz.
Zeller had a fine soprano voice, and sang in the Vienna Boys' Choir before studying and composition in the University of Vienna. He worked as a civil servant at the Imperial Ministry of Education while composing choral works and a number of operettas, the best-known of which is Der Vogelhändler. All of his librettos were written (or co-written) by Moritz West, often together with Ludwig Held.
Legal troubles, including a perjury conviction, ended Zeller's career at the ministry and led to prison and public disgrace in the mid-1890s (although his prison sentence was later repealed). After an injury in 1895 from falling on the ice, he spent his last years physically and then mentally ill. Zeller died of pneumonia in Baden bei Wien at the age of 56.
Birth and Death Data: Born June 19, 1842 (Lower Austria), Died August 17, 1898 (Baden bei Wien)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1897 - 1935
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 53 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Berliner||388||7-in.||6/24/1897||Die Nachtigall||Vroni Eidner||Soprano vocal solo||composer|
|Berliner||4150||7-in.||11/3/1897||Don’t be cross||Simone Mantia||Euphonium solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1281||7-in.||2/21/1902||Don't be cross||Alexander Heindl||Cello solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1281||10-in.||2/21/1902||Don't be cross||Alexander Heindl||Cello solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1895||7-in.||1/14/1903||Don't be cross||Alexander Heindl||Cello solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1895||10-in.||1/14/1903||Don't be cross||Alexander Heindl||Cello solo||composer|
|Victor||B-1949||10-in.||11/18/1904||Don't be cross||Arthur Pryor's Orchestra ; Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||E-1949||8-in.||3/22/1906||Don't be cross||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-2470||10-in.||4/12/1905||Don't be cross||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-2470||12-in.||4/12/1905||Don't be cross||Victor Dance Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||E-2470||8-in.||11/21/1906||Don't be cross||Victor Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-2995||12-in.||1/10/1906||Don't be cross||Haydn Quartet ; Corinne Morgan||Female vocal solo and male vocal quartet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-4957||10-in.||11/20/1907||Nightingale song||Corinne Morgan||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||E-4957||8-in.||11/20/1907||Nightingale song||Corinne Morgan||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-16335||12-in.||8/6/1915||Nightingale waltz||Conway's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-17193||10-in.||2/18/1916||Nightingale song||Alma Gluck||Soprano vocal solo, with bird imitations and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-19497||10-in.||4/18/1917||O młynareczce z pewnej wśi||Marya Zajaczkowska [i.e., Marie Zayonchkowska]||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-22014||10-in.||6/14/1918||Jeszcze raz||Julja Pijanowska||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-27770||10-in.||4/24/1923||Sei nicht bös'||Harry Steier||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-27772||10-in.||4/24/1923||Nachtigallen Lied||Harry Steier||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-29210||10-in.||6/30/1925||Nightingale song||Della Baker||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-29210||10-in.||12/20/1923||Nightingale song||Della Baker||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-29596||10-in.||3/11/1924||Jeszcze raz||Tadeusz Wroński||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||BVE-36712||10-in.||10/8/1926||Don't be cross||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||BVE-37850||10-in.||3/11/1927||Nightingale song||Hulda Lashanska||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Zeller, Carl," accessed February 5, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116364.
Zeller, Carl. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 5, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/116364.
"Zeller, Carl." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 5 February 2023.
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