Born in Hettstedt, Agthe served as court organist to Frederick Albrecht, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg. Among his compositions are six Singspiele, a ballet, and piano sonatas. He died in Ballenstedt; a son, Albrecht Agthe, was a music teacher.
- Theodore Baker and Alfred Remy, ed. (1919). "Agthe, Karl Christian". Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (3rd ed.). p. 8.
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