Maximilian Friedrich von Königsegg-Rothenfels

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Maximilian Friedrich von Königsegg-Rothenfels
Archbishop of Cologne
Kurfürst Max Friedrich von Königsegg-Rothenfels.jpg
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdioceseCologne
SeeCologne
Appointed1761
Term ended1784
Personal details
Born13 May 1708
Died15 April 1784

Maximilian Friedrich von Königsegg-Rothenfels (13 May 1708 – 15 April 1784) was the Archbishop-Elector of Cologne and the Bishop of Münster from 1761 to 1784.

He was born in Cologne, son of Count Albert-Eusebius-Franz von Königsegg-Rothenfels and his wife Countess Maria von Manderscheid-Blankenheim. He was the first Elector of Cologne to come from outside the Bavarian Wittelsbach dynasty since 1583.

He was the first employer and patron of the young Ludwig van Beethoven, who at age twelve composed Three Early Piano Sonatas, WoO 47 in his honor. These works, known as the "Kurfürstensonaten" ("Prince-Elector sonatas") in German, were not assigned an opus number by Beethoven and are not included in the "canonical" count of 32 piano sonatas, which begins with Op. 2 No. 1 in F minor and ends with Op. 111 in C minor.

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Preceded by
Clemens August I of Bavaria
Archbishop-Elector of Cologne and Duke of Westphalia
1761–1784
Succeeded by
Maximilian Francis of Austria
Prince-Bishop of Münster
1761–1784