Personalities | Johann Adam Hiller | Classical Era | Classical

German composer

Hiller worked for most of his life in Leipzig, where he directed concerts, had charge of the music for various churches, founded choirs, a music school and a musical society, wrote criticism for an influential music periodical, published musical treatises and eventually became Kantor of St Thomas’s Church (the post once held by J. S. Bach). His most important contribution, however, lay in his theatre works: he provided incidental music, lively and expressive, to middle-class comedies, so playing a central role in the creation of the north German Singspiel as well as fuelling the development of a German song tradition.

Recommended Recording:
Sacred Music by Cantors of St Thomas’s, Thomanerchor Leipzig (dir) Hans-Joachim Rotzsch (Capriccio)

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