Flotow, Friedrich Freiherr von (1812-1883), a German composer, born at Mecklenburg. He was intended for diplomacy, but a visit to Paris in 1827 determined him to music. His Naufrage de la Meduse (1839), Stradella (1841), and Martha (1847) brought him reputation. His later efforts met with no great success. From 1856 to 1863 he was intendant of the theatre at Schwerin, and he then returned to Paris.