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Johann Christoph Gottsched (Librettist)

Born: February 2, 1700 - Juditten, near Königsberg, Prussia
Died: December 12, 1766 - Leipzig, Germany

The writer and literary reformer, Johann Christoph Gottsched, was the leading literary figure in Leipzig during Bach's Kantorate, and seminal in the foundation of German as a literary language.

J.S. Bach's music survives for only one Gottsched text, the Trauer Ode BWV 198 of 1727. Although it is unlikely that Gottsched would have approved of the textual alterations, which probably stem from Bach, the two seem not to have clashed; indeed, in 1732 Gottsched sent keyboard pieces by J.S. Bach to his future bride. However, the famous attack on J.S. Bach by J.A. Schiebe (1737) shows every influence of Gottsched's aesthetic theories.



Source: Oxford Composer Companion - J.S. Bach, edited by Malcolm Boyd (1999)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2003)

Texts of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

BWV 198, BWV Anh 13, BWV Anh 196

Links to other Sites

Johann Christoph Gottsched (Essen University) [German]
Johann Christoph Gottsched (Philosophen-Lexicon) [German]
Studio fuer alte deutsche Literatur: Aufklaerung - Johann Christoph Gottsched [German]
Edition des Briefwechsels von Johann Christoph Gottsched [German]
Johann Christoph Gottsched (Weltchronik) [German]
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Gottsched, Johann Christoph (Spiegel Online) [German]
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Gottsched, Johann Christoph (The Columbia Encyclopedia)
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