Christian Fürchtegott Gellert

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Born: 4 July 1715

Died: 13 December 1769

Biography Gellert taught philosophy at Leipzig, while writing novels and comedies as well as verse. C. P. E. Bach, Joseph Haydn and Beethoven set substantial parts of his Odes and Hymns, while Tchaikovsky's Kukushka is drawn from an imitation of Aesop.

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Settings of text by Christian Fürchtegott Gellert


  • Fabeln und Erzählungen, 1746 (part ii 1748)
  • Geistliche Oden und Lieder, 1758
  • Gellert's Fables and Other Poems. Translated by J. A. Murke (London: 1851)

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