Hesse, Johann Heinrich
- Raymond A. Barr
(bc1712; d Eutin, bur. June 29, 1778). German composer. In 1733 he was appointed Kantor and organist in Eutin (near Lübeck), and he may also have been the director of the small Kapelle in Eutin of Prince-Bishop Adolph Friedrich (later king of Sweden). There he was also active as a composer of lieder. His first collection, Lieder mit Melodien (1755, manuscript in D-SWl), was apparently never published, though some of the pieces may have been taken into his first published collection, Lieder zum unschuldigen Vergnügen (Lübeck, 1757), two years later. He also published two volumes of lieder to texts by Gellert (Eutin, 1766, and Hamburg, 1774), besides sets of Moralische Oden und Lieder (both Eutin, 1777, 1780, now lost), few of which rise above the level of mediocrity. His Kurze, doch hinlängliche Anweisung zum General-Basse (Hamburg, 1776) seems to have been his most popular work....