Frederick II (24 January 1712 – 17 August 1786)
Frederick II, also known as Frederick the Great, was a composer and king of Prussia during the 18th century. He was born in Berlin in 1712 and was the son of King Frederick William I. Despite being born into royalty, Frederick II was not initially interested in becoming a musician. However, he eventually began composing music as a way to escape the strict and demanding expectations of his father.
Frederick II was a proficient flutist and composed primarily instrumental music, including sonatas, symphonies, and chamber music. He also wrote poetry and composed operas, but these works were not as highly regarded as his instrumental compositions. In addition to composing music, Frederick II also patronized and supported the arts, particularly music, during his reign as king.