Bodenschatz, Erhard

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Bodenschatz, Erhard

Bodenschatz, Erhard, German theologian and music editor; b. Lichtenberg, 1576; d. Gross-Osterhausen, near Querfurt, 1636. He was a pupil of Calvisius in Pforta, then studied theology in Leipzig. In 1600 he became cantor in Schulpforta, in 1603 he was pastor in Rehausen, and in 1608, in Gross-Osterhausen, where he remained until his death. He publ, several valuable collections of motets and hymns. Particularly important is Florilegium portense in 2 parts: the first part orig. contained 89 motets (Leipzig, 1603; 2nd ed., with 120 motets, 1618) and the 2nd part (Leipzig, 1621) contained 150 motets, all by contemporary composers. There have been several reprints. He also publ. Florilegium selectissimorum hymnorum in 4 vols. (Leipzig, 1606). Bodenschatz’s own compositions are not distinctive.


O. Riemer, E. B. unà sein Florilegium portense (Leipzig, 1928).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire