Barthold Heinrich Brockes

Poet, Author

1680 – 1747

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Who was Barthold Heinrich Brockes?

Barthold Heinrich Brockes was a German poet.

He was born in Hamburg and educated at the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneums. He studied jurisprudence at Halle, and after extensive travels in Italy, France and the Netherlands, settled in Hamburg in 1704. In 1720 he was appointed a member of the Hamburg senate, and entrusted with several important offices. Six years he spent as Amtmann at Ritzebüttel. He died in Hamburg.

Brockes' poetic works were published in a series of nine volumes under the fantastic title Irdisches Vergnügen in Gott; he also translated Giambattista Marino's La Strage degli innocenti, Alexander Pope's Essay on Man and James Thomson's The Seasons. His poetry has small intrinsic value, but it is symptomatic of the change which came over German literature at the beginning of the 18th century. His libretto Der für die Sünden der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus was one of the first passion oratorios—a free, poetic meditation on the passion story without the use of an evangelist character. It was quite popular and was set to music by Reinhard Keiser, Georg Philipp Telemann, George Frideric Handel, Johann Mattheson, Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel and Johann Friedrich Fasch, among others.

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Sep 22, 1680
  • Germany
Jan 16, 1747

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on July 23, 2013


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