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Johann Adolf Hasse

born: 1699
died: 16 December 1783
country: Germany

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Hasse’s outstanding popularity in both Italy (where he studied for a time with Alessandro Scarlatti) and Germany as a composer of opera seria was almost unparallelled in the eighteenth century, yet immediately after his death his name sank into obscurity. Fétis observed of Hasse that few composers have been as famous and yet as quickly forgotten. Hasse’s principal employment in his early years was as a tenor with the Hamburg opera, which may in part account for the lyrical style in which he wrote. He seems to have transferred from singing to composition around 1730, when he travelled to Italy and eventually settled in Naples for six years. His operas became extremely popular with Italian audiences while his arias were thought to be excellent vehicles for vocal displays. Hasse also maintained a great following in the opera at Dresden and eventually his work was much acclaimed in Vienna. Handel too admired Hasse’s music, arranging it for performance in London concerts.

from notes by Robert King © 1996

Albums
'Hasse & Scarlatti: Salve regina, Cantatas & Motets' (CDH55354)
Hasse & Scarlatti: Salve regina, Cantatas & Motets
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'Arias for Guadagni' (CDA67924)
Arias for Guadagni
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'Scarlatti & Hasse: Salve regina, Cantatas & Motets' (CDH55354)
Scarlatti & Hasse: Salve regina, Cantatas & Motets
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A trionfar mi chiama (Enea)  Act 3 Scene 8b, Aria from Didone abbandonata (Hasse)
Ad te clamamus exsules, filii Hevae  Movement 2 of Salve regina (Hasse)
Ah che dissi! (Enea)  Act 1 Scene 19a, Accompagnato from Didone abbandonata (Hasse)
Didone abbandonata (Hasse)
Eia ergo advocata nostra illos tuos  Movement 3 of Salve regina (Hasse)
Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui  Movement 4 of Salve regina (Hasse)
Odi colà la frigia tromba? (Enea)  Act 3 Scene 8a, Fanfare & Recitative from Didone abbandonata (Hasse)
Salve regina (Hasse)
Se resto sul lido (Enea)  Act 1 Scene 19b, Aria from Didone abbandonata (Hasse)
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