American Choral Review Archive
Volume 31, No. 2 (Special Issue)
The Italian Works of Hans Leo Hassler
by John Hoffacker
The secular music of Hans Leo Hassler bridges two eras:...more...
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.less...