Picander

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Christian Friedrich Henrici
Plaque in Leipzig
Plaque in Leipzig
BornChristian Friedrich Henrici
(1700-01-14)January 14, 1700
Stolpen, Germany
DiedMay 10, 1764(1764-05-10) (aged 64)
Leipzig, Germany
Pen namePicander

Christian Friedrich Henrici (January 14, 1700 – May 10, 1764) was a German poet and librettist. He used the pen name Picander. He wrote the libretto for many of the cantatas Johann Sebastian Bach wrote in Leipzig.

He was born in Stolpen. He studied in Wittenberg and Leipzig. He started using the pen name "Picander" in 1721. At first, he wrote erotic poems. However, the public did not like it. So, he started writing religious poems for Sundays. Soon, he started writing librettos for Bach.[1]

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  1. Rifkin, Joshua; Küster, Konrad (2001). "Henrici, Christian Friedrich". Grove Music Online (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.