- Dieter Härtwig
- and Laurie H. Ongley
German family of musicians.
Dieter Härtwig, revised by Laurie H. Ongley
(b Blasewitz, nr Dresden, April 17, 1741; d Dresden, Oct 23, 1801). Composer and conductor. He received his first musical training at the Kreuzschule in Dresden, and in May 1757 went to Italy as travelling companion of the Swedish violinist Anders Wesström. In Padua Tartini took an interest in him, as did Padre Martini in Bologna (1762) and Hasse in Venice. In 1762 he made his début in Venice as an opera composer with the intermezzo Il tesoro insidiato. At Carnival 1764 he collaborated with two other composers in the opera buffa Li creduti spiriti, and in the same year, on Hasse’s recommendation, he was engaged as second church composer at the Dresden court. There he was promoted to church and chamber composer (1765) and then to Kapellmeister (1776). He made further visits to Italy (...