Hans Leo Hassler

Hans Leo Hassler
Short Name: Hans Leo Hassler
Full Name: Hassler, Hans Leo, 1564-1612
Birth Year: 1564
Death Year: 1612

Hans Leo Hassler Germany 1564-1612. Born at Nuremberg, Germany, he came from a family of famous musicians and received early education from his father. He then studied in Venice, Italy, with Andrea Gabrieli, uncle of Giovanni Gabrieli, his friend, with whom he composed a wedding motet. The uncle taught him to play the organ. He learned the polychoral style and took it back to Germany after Andrea Gabrieli's death. He served as organist and composer for Octavian Fugger, the princely art patron of Augsburg (1585-1601). He was a prolific composer but found his influence limited, as he was Protestant in a still heavily Catholic region. In 1602 he became director of town music and organist in the Frauenkirche in Nuremberg until 1608. He married Cordula Claus in 1604. He was finally court musician for the Elector of Saxony in Dresden, Germany, evenually becoming Kapellmeister (1608-1612). A Lutheran, he composed both for Roman Catholic liturgy and for Lutheran churches. He produced two volumns of motets, a famous collection of court songs, and a volume of simpler hymn settings. He published both secular and religious music, managing to compose much for the Catholic church that was also usable in Lutheran settings. He was also a consultant to organ builders. In 1596 he, with 53 other organists, had the opportunity to examine a new instrument with 59 stops at the Schlosskirche, Groningen. He was recognized for his expertise in organ design and often was called on to examine new instruments. He entered the world of mechanical instrument construction, developing a clockwork organ that was later sold to Emperor Rudolf II. He died of tuberculosis in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Tunes by Hans Leo Hassler (14)sort descendingAsInstancesIncipit
CHRIST IST ERSTANDENH. L. Hassler, 1564-1612 (Arranger)354571 55453 23114
CHRIST LAG IN TODESBANDENHans Leo Hassler, 1564-1612 (Harmonizer)154571 76553 45432
EIN FESTE BURGHans Leo Hassler, 1564-1612 (Harmonizer)411156 71765 17656
ERHALT UNS, HERRHans Leo Hassler, 1564-1612 (Composer)413171 32134 45344
ES IST DAS HEILHans Leo Hassler (Composer)255557 65453 13456
GOTT SEI GELOBET UND GEBENEDEIETHans Leo Hassler, 1564-1612 (Harmonizer)155565 12176 56153
PASSION CHORALE (Hassler)Hans L. Hassler (Composer)38051765 45233 2121
[Holy, holy, holy Lord] (Hassler)Hans Leo Hassler, 1564-1612 (Composer)255432 55543 23344
[Kyrie eleison] (Hassler)Hans Leo Hassler, 1564-1612 (Composer)212342 21345 6445
STUTTGARTH. L. Hassler (Composer (attributed to))1155112 23155 64253
[Der Herr thront in dem Himmel]Johann Leonard Hasler (Composer)111345 17756 56711
VATER UNSERHans Leo Hassler, 1564-1612 (Harmonizer)255345 32155 47534
VOM HIMMEL HOCHHans Leo Hassler (Harmonizer)917675 67111 55345
WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIENHans Leo Hassler (Composer)151232 17666 51171
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