The German-Swiss composer Friedrich Klose was born in Karlsruhe on 29 November 1862 and turned to music quite late. Influenced by Wagner, his teachers included Vinzenz Lachner, Felix Mottl and Anton Bruckner.
His works include the tone poems Loreley, Das Leben ein Traum, Jeanne d'Arc, König Elf and Das Märchen, the dramatic symphony Ilsebill and a string quartet.
He taught at the conservatory in Basel and at the Akademie der Tonkunst in Munich, where his students included Max Butting, Wilhelm Petersen and Paul Ben-Haim. Later he moved to Switzerland, where he died at Ruvigliana on 24 December 1942.