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George Truett Hollis

(Gasparo) [Giuseppe]

(b Salò, nr Brescia, Aug 15, 1725; d Desenzano, nr Lake Garda, Dec 1, 1813). Italian composer. He studied composition with Padre Martini in Bologna. His first opera was the successful pasticcio La vedova accorta, first performed in Florence in 1745. It was repeated in Venice (1746) and elsewhere in Europe. The Venetian libretto identifies Bertoni as the composer of ‘La Musica de' recitativi, e delle [9] arie’. His first serious opera, Il Cajetto, was staged privately, with puppets, in 1746. He composed two more opere serie within the year for commercial theatres in Venice, but was more successful in the comic genre: Le pescatrici (1751), on a Goldoni libretto, had 14 productions in 17 years throughout Europe, including Dresden (1754), London (1761) and Madrid (1765) in a Spanish translation by Ramón de la Cruz. La moda (...


David J. Nichols and Sven Hansell

[Hesse, Hassen, Hass]

Many German musicians, active primarily as organists, and in a few cases as composers, throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, bore this surname or one of its variants. There is no evidence that they were all related – there are doubts, for example, about such men as Andreas Hasse, organist and organ builder at Greiz, Vogtland about 1688; Peter Hass, organist at Travemünde, near Lübeck, from 1687 to 1732, who was succeeded by his son Peter (d 1737); and Johann Ludwig Hasse, Kantor at the Marienkirche, Rostock, until his death in 1795 – but several of them certainly belonged to one important north German family, of which there were two main branches. The longer-established line was centred on Lübeck from 1600 onwards. Its most notable members were those discussed at (1) and (2) below. The former was thrice married and had four other sons, three of whom were musicians: Esajas assisted, and in ...