Constantin Christian Dedekind

Constantin Christian Dedekind ( born April 2, 1628 Reinsdorf / Anhalt- Köthen; † before 2 September 1715 in Dresden ) was a German poet and composer of the Baroque period.


As the grandson of the composer Henning Dedekind (1562-1626) and son of the musician Stefan Dedekind (1595-1636), the young Constantine was born into a musical dynasty of Thuringia. To his childhood nothing is known, is occupied only school in the imperial abbey of Quedlinburg. His education promoted the abbess of the imperial abbey, Countess Anna Sophia of Hesse. From about 1647 he lived in the Saxon capital of Dresden. His poetic reputation was already penetrated up to Johann Rist in Hamburg, the 1652 crowned him poet laureate.

In Dresden pursued Dedekind his double talent as a composer and poet. He was in touch with both composers such as Heinrich Albert, Adam Krieger and Heinrich Schütz, as well as with poets such as Johann Joseph Beckham, Michael Kongehl, Christoph Kormart and David Schirmer, to name just a few names from his large circle of friends.

Dedekind in 1654 was appointed to the bassist of the Saxon chapel and about 5 years later he became a member of Elbschwanenordens. Dedekind was a long time in epistolary connection with the famous Nuremberg poet Sigmund von Birken, which emphasizes the particular importance of Dedekind for the mediation of Christian values ​​in the art of acting in its Teutschen speech -bind - and sealing -Art ( 1679 ).

From 1666 to 1675 he worked in Dresden as the Electoral Saxon concertmaster. He created a variety of sacred music and entertainment, as well as some secular songs (alone be Musicalischer vintage and Vespergesang consists of 120 concerts ), both the lyrics and the compositions of his own ancestral. He is considered one of the most important German artist of his time in this area.

As the Electorate of Saxony control cashier Dedekind came to some assets; as a publisher - for the most part of music notes - he posted the other hand, more failures than successes. In 1680 he fled from the plague from Dresden to Meissen. In his last years Dedekind wrote hardly anything; the late work consists almost exclusively of spiritual seals.

He was married to Anna Elisabeth Müller and his second wife, Maria Dorothea Weber. From two marriages Dedekind had a total of 5 children.

Dedekind probably died in late August 1715 in Dresden and was buried on September 2.

Works (selection)

  • The Aelbianische Musen -Lust. Peter Lang, Frankfurt / M. 1991, ISBN 3-261-03967-1 ( Repr ed d Dresden 1657)
  • Davidic heart desire, i.e. Singing Harp sound. Nuremberg 1669
  • New spiritual spectacles ( Ndr d ed oO 1670 ), ed. Mara R. Wade, Stuttgart 2002 ( rarities Litterarum, 9), ISBN 3-7772-0235-5

Work and bibliography

  • Gerhard Dünnhaupt: Constantin Christian Dedekind ( 1628-1715 ). In: Personal bibliographies on the printing of the Baroque, Vol 2 Stuttgart: Hiersemann 1990, pp. 1231-55. ISBN 3-7772-9027-0