Alois Isidor Jeitteles

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Alois Isidor Jeitteles (20 June 1794 – 16 April 1858) was an Austrian doctor, journalist and writer, best known for his collaboration with Ludwig van Beethoven.


Jeitteles was born in Brünn (now Brno). He studied philosophy in Prague and Brünn and medicine in Vienna. At the end of his residency in 1819 he opened a medical practice in Brünn. He published poetry in the pamphlets "Selam" (1812–1817) and "Aglaja" (1815–1832). With his cousin Ignaz Jeitteles he founded the Jewish weekly "Siona" in 1818. In the same year he collaborated with Ignaz Franz Castelli on "Der Schicksalsstrumpf", a parody of the Schicksalstragödie or tragedy of fate. From 1848 to his death he edited the "Brünner Zeitung".

From his poetic works the song cycle "An die ferne Geliebte" must be singled out; it was set to music in 1816 by Ludwig van Beethoven. It remains unclear whether these poems were written expressly for Beethoven (an acquaintance) or whether the composer came across the text in some printed form. His poem "Beethovens Begräbnis" was occasioned by the composer's death. Jeitteles made numerous translations, including the Spanish comedy Die Macht des Blutes (Spanish title: La fuerza de la sangre) by Agustin Moreto as well as several French plays.

He died in Brünn.

His daughter was the suffragette Ottilie Bondy (1832–1921).


  • Sieg, Friede, Heimkehr. Bey Gelegenheit der ... Rückkehr ... des Kaisers, Brünn: Trailer, 1814
  • Die Hausgenossen. Lustspiel, Leipzig : Andrä, 1843
  • Moderne Walpurgisnacht, Brünn: C. Winiker, 1848


  • Constantin von Wurzbach: Jeitteles, Alois. In: Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich. Band 10, Verlag L. C. Zamarski, Wien 1863, pp. 117 f.
  • "Jeitteles Alois Isidor". In: Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815–1950 (ÖBL). Vol. 3, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna 1965, p. 94.
  • Heinz Rieder (1974), "Jeit(t)eles, Alois", Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German), 10, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, p. 388; (full text online)

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