(b Sontheim, 1739; d Stuttgart, 1791).
Swabian organist, composer, and poet. Court poet, Stuttgart, from 1787. Spent 10 years in prison 1777–87, ostensibly for insulting a duke's mistress but probably for ‘free‐thinking’ writings. Works incl. operetta, cantatas, and songs. Wrote words of Schubert's songs Die Forelle, An mein Klavier, An den Tod, and Grablied auf einen Soldaten.