Hasler, Hans Leo von


He received his first instruction from his father. Also studied with Andrea Gabrieli, in Venice, as a fellow student of the great Giovanni Gabrieli. He was the first noted German composer to study music in Italy. From 1585 to 1601 he was organist to Count Octavianus Fugger, at Augsburg. Little is known of his life, though his compositions rank him among the most famous composers of his time. He died of phthisis, while traveling. At Augsburg he composed his famous XXIV. Canzonetti, a four voci, and his Cantiones sacrae de festis praecipuis totius anni 4, 5, 8 et plurium vocum, twenty-eight Latin motets. He wrote many masses, four-part psalms, and songs; five collections of German and Latin secular songs; also many single pieces. The well-known Chorale, Herzlich thut mich verlangen, or Befiehl du deine Wege, so much used by Bach in the Passion, was originally a love-song, Mein G'muth ist mir verwirret in Hasler's Lustgarten deutscher Gesange.