Thursday, December 25, 2014


malia Elisabetha Behm was born in the year 1675 in Marck Brandenburg. Her father joined the Prussian military during the Sun King's invasion in the Palatinate (Palatine War, 1688–1697). Therefore she had to live with her uncle Johann Zimmermann, who was Lutheran schoolmaster ("Lutherischer Schulmeister Magister") and church organist since fall 1685 in Lehe, duchy Bremen. 'Amelise' soon was known as singing talent in the small town, which probably raised her marital chances, though she didn't seem to care...
In summer 1697 she ran away (forced marriage planed), disguised as young man. She tried to get by as singer in Hamburg, but was brought to the "Spinnhauß" (spin house) in January 1698 (it was more rescuing than arresting her, otherwise she would have frozen to death).
Other than spinning from dusk to dawn, her singing talent got more and more attention, and soon she was allowed to perform at balls and private parties, where a friend of the young composer Johann Mattheson (a friend of G. F. Handel) heard her. Mattheson then wanted her for the Venus part in his first opera DIE PLEJADES at the Hamburger Opera am Gänsemarkt.

Duke Georg Wilhem von Celle invited her to sing at his court and decided to pay for her singing education. She also was taught to dance Sarabandes and Chaconnes by the wife of a maitre de dance in Celle, which enhanced her performance as a singer. She then also sang at the court in Hannover.
In early 1700 a certain Herr Zillig asked Amelise to report on the life at the courts in Braunschweig-Lüneburg, which was printed in the Braunschweiger Ordianri Post-Zeitung. A war in Holstein, during Summer 1700, boosted that career, because other newspaper owners died to know what happened at the river Elbe and other places of that area. After a couple months Demoiselle Behm was correspondent of several papers throughout the German language regions of the empire. As her father was ennobled due to bravery in the field, she became a "von".

In early 1701 Sophie Charlotte, electress in Brandenburg, invited Amalia Elisabetha von Behm as artist and reporter to her and her husband's regal coronation when Prussia became a kingdom.
In Berlin maitre de dance Jean-Baptiste Volumier (mainly composer and directeur de musique) taught Amalia Elisabeth galant dancing from scratch (beginning with courante, then menuet etc.) so finally she was able to fully work as a professional. Since fall 1704 she's also responsible as printer and publisher, since a friend, an owner of a printing house and bookstore, had been murdered in the Berliner Tiergarten.
Friends in Leipzig invited her to the University Leipzig in June 1713, where she performed and taught for two month, then was requested as correspondent of a project for the imperial court chamber in Vienna, which was top secret at that time and started in Frankfurt, at the river Main.

Today Amalia Elisabetha von Behm is all-round journalist and media adviser at a center for new media in the Berlin of the 1700s. The project started as sister-century arrangement between 1714 and 2014.

Amptlich Reichs-Text in Fractur / annoch in der Truckerey / allein in kurtzem zuhaben.