Personalities | Hans Leo Hassler | Renaissance | Classical

(Hants La’-o Has-ler) 1562–1612
German composer

Hassler was the most important member of a family of musicians. Trained by his father, he travelled in 1584 to Venice, where he studied with Andrea Gabrieli. Hassler’s large surviving output reflects the religious diversity of German-speaking lands during his lifetime. He spent much of his early career in the service of members of the Catholic Fugger family in Augsburg, and his Latin-texted music was probably composed for them. But Hassler himself was a Protestant; among his many chorale settings is Martin Luther’s ‘Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott’ (‘A Great Castle is Our God’).

Recommended Recording:
Cantate Domino: Motets and Organ Works, Martin Böcker, Weser-Renaissance (dir) Martin Cordes (CPO)

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