Haessler, Johann Wilhelm

1747-1822

Director of music and organist at Erfurt, where he was born. His first musical instruction was given him by his uncle, Kittel, an organist who had been a pupil of Sebastian Bach's. His father wished him to follow his trade of capmaker, but in 1780 he gave up this work and started winter concerts. From 1790 to 1794 he made concerttours, playing before the royalty of England in 1792. He then located in Moscow, where he spent the remainder of his life. After having published many works in Germany, he began using opus-numbers for the works published after he lived in Moscow, and the number reaches forty-nine. He is best known to modern pianists by a grande gigue in D minor. He also wrote many compositions for the organ and piano and numerous songs.