Vockerodt, Gottfried

1665-1727

 

Born at Mühlhausen, Thuringia. For many years he occupied the position of rector of the Gymnasium at Gotha, where he died. He held the theory that excessive indulgence in the enjoyment of music had the tendency to unbalance the mind, thus accounting for the depravity of Nero and Caligula. He published pamphlets on this subject, among which are Consultatio . . . de cavenda falsa mentium intemperatarum medecina; Missbrauch der freien Kunst, insonderheit der Musik; Wiederholtes Zeugniss der Wahrheit gegen die verderbte Musik und Schauspiele, Opern.