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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 ...