Ferdinand d’Antoine (1746-1793)
*1746, †1793, composer, Bonn, member of the Illuminati under the code name Hermogenes.
d’Antoine, Ferdinand (1746 – 1793)
Order Name: Hermogenes
A composer in Bonn, d’Antoine was acquainted professionally with Beethoven, and was a member of the Bonn Reading Society. His alias might refer to Hermogenes of Priene (late 3rd- to early 2nd-century BC), architect of a temple dedicated to Artemis in Lydia, and one to Dionysus in Teos.
One of the most active Minerval Academies was that of the Bonn Lodge, under the direction of Christian Gottlob Neefe (the music teacher to Beethoven). The Lodge published a popular journal, Beiträge zur Ausbreitung nützlicher Kenntnisse [Contributions to the Propagation of Useful Knowledge], to disseminate the works of their brethren. Known members of the Minerval Church in Bonn included Ferdinand d’Antoine, Johann Peter Eichhoff, Johann Joseph Eichhoff, Franz Wilhelm Kauhlen, Bonifaz Oberthür, Franz Anton Ries, Klemens August von Schall, Joseph Schmitz, Nikolaus Simrock, and Johann Friedrich Velten.