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Wolfgang Christoph Dreßler (Poet)

Born: February 11, 1660 - Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany
Died: March 11, 1722 - Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany

The German hymn writer, Wolfgang Christoph Dreßler [Dressler; sometimes apperas as Dessler or Deßler], was the son of a jeweler. He studied against his inclination gold workers art, but soon dedicated himself to the sciences, as the profession of his father was unsuitable for him. In Altdorf near Nürnberg he studied theology, but had to cancel his studies because of money shortages and returned to Nürnberg.

Wolfgang Christoph Dreßler took over different printers corrective work and got to know the religious writer Erasmus Finx (called Francisci), who instructed him in spiritual poetry. Dessler helped him with the issuance of various creative and theological writings and translated his valuable religious works in foreighn languages into German. He even wrote slogans on considerations of Scripture and Passionsandachten (Passion Eighth) and interspersed his Lieder in these works. In 1705 Dessler became Konrektor at the Schule zum Heiligen Geist in Nürnberg and managed, despite suffering some illness to serve 15 years in this post.

Wolfgang Christoph Dreßler wrote poetry in the spirit of Philipp Jakob Speners and in the the poets of the Nürnberg's Pegnesischen Hirten- und Blumenordens. He himself wrote more than 100 Lieder of this kind. His melodies have not spread. His Lieder are well known: Wie wohl ist mir, o Freund der Seelen, wenn ich in deiner Liebe ruh, eins der trefflichsten Lieder des Pietismus, das viele Segenswirkungen aufzuweisen und zu manchen verwandten Liedern die Anregung gegeben hat (Albert Fischer); Ich laß dich nicht, du mußt mein Jesus bleiben!, the fruit of Jakobskämpfe struggle, probably the most important Lied of Dressler; Mein Jesus, dem die Seraphinen im Glanz der höchsten Majestät selbst mit bedecktem Antlitz dienen, wenn dein Befehl an sie ergeht ..., a Lied from the "königlichen und unvergänglichen Herrlichkeit Christi. Less known are: Öffne mir die Perlentore, o du Schmuck der Himmelsstadt and Frisch, frisch hinnach, mein Geist und Herz, auf Jesus Dornenwegen.

Works

Gottgeheiligte, christnützliche, ergötzende Seelenlust unter den Blumen des göttl. Wortes oder andächtige Betrachtungen über unterschiedliche auserlesene Sprüche der HS, 1692 (25 Betrachtungen u. Lieder mit 14 Melodien v. D. u. 11 v. dem Nürnberger Organisten Schultheiß; 17262 mit 11 weiteren Betrachtungen u. mehreren Liedern aus seinem Nachlaß; 17403); Seelerfrischende u. v. den Dornen des schmerzhaften Leidens Jesu eingesammelte Blut- u. Liebesrosen oder Passionsandachten, 1695 (17232; 20 Lieder); Herzwallende u. v. hl. Liebe erregte Funken der Liebe Jesu, 1712 (25 Betrachtungen u. 30 Lieder). - Liedertexte bei Fischer-Tümpel V, 347 ff.

 

Source: BBKL Website (Author: Friedrich Wilhelm Bautz), English translation by Aryeh Oron (November 2007)
Contributed by
Marc Hug (November 2007)

Texts of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

BWV 467, BWV 486, BWV 517

Chorale Texts used in Bach’s Vocal Works

Title

Year

EKG

Zahn

Ich laß dich nicht

1692

7455

Mein Jesu, dem die Seraphinen

1692

5988

Wie wohl ist mir, o Freund der Seele

1692

Links to other Sites

Dessler, Wolfgang Christoph (BBKL) [German]

 

Bibliography

Georg Andreas Will, Nürnberg. Gelehrten-Lex. I, 1755, 246 f.; V, 1802, 209 f.
Letzte Stunden sterbender Gerechten, Hildburghausen 1768, 638 ff.
Friedrich Wilhelm Bautz, und lobten Gott um Mitternacht. Liederdichter in Not und Anfechtung, 1966, 26 ff.
Koch III, 531 ff.
Goedeke III, 696 f.
DLL III, 117 f.
NDB III, 616 f.

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