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Rudolf A. Rasch

(b The Hague, Sept 4, 1596; d The Hague, March 29, 1687). Dutch poet, diplomat, amateur musician and composer, father of Christiaan Huygens. He was the second son of Christiaan Huygens, secretary of the Council of State of the Dutch Republic, and Susanna Hoefnagel, niece of the Antwerp painter Joris Hoefnagel. He grew up in The Hague, receiving a broad humanistic education, including languages, the sciences and the arts, as well as dancing, fencing and horseback-riding. His lute teacher was Jeronimus van Someren (b c1580; d The Hague, 1651), a local musician, his viola da gamba teacher an Englishman called ‘William H.’ (perhaps the English military man William Heydon), and his keyboard teacher Pieter de Vois (b ?Maassluis, c1580; d The Hague, 1654), organist of St Jacobskerk, The Hague. Travels during his youth and early adolescence made him familiar with musical practices in the southern Netherlands, England (various visits, ...