American Choral Review Archive

Volume 31, No. 2 (Special Issue)

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The Italian Works of Hans Leo Hassler

by John Hoffacker

ABSTRACT:

The secular music of Hans Leo Hassler bridges two eras:...

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ABSTRACT:

The secular music of Hans Leo Hassler bridges two eras: in his Italian canzonets and madrigals he is a master of the waning Renaissance, and in his German "Gesang" he represents the rising Baroque. The stylistic transition that marks the composer's work seems indeed to be underlined by a choice of texts in different languages-a situation which, to be sure, is not without exceptions, nor is it without parallels in the choral music of later eras.

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