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Hans Leo Hassler (1562-1612)

Hans Leo Hassler was a German composer belonging to a family of musicians. After studying music with his father, Hans Leo went to Venice in 1582 to study with Andrea Gabrieli. In 1586, he was appointed chamber organist to Octavian II Fugger in Augsburg, inaugurating the most productive period in his life. in 1596, he took part in the inauguration and judging of the new organ in the castle church a t Gröningen, where he met Michael Prætorius. At the end of his life, he seems to have taken over the duties of Kapellmeister to the Elector Christian II of Saxony. When he died, his duties in the chapel were taken over by Prætorius and Heinrich Schütz.

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