Häser, August Ferdinand

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Häser, August Ferdinand

Häser, August Ferdinand, German composer, brother of Charlotte (Henriette) Häser; b. Leipzig, Oct. 15, 1779; d. Weimar, Nov. 1, 1844. He was educated at the Thomasschule in Leipzig, and studied theology at Leipzig Univ. In 1817 he was engaged in Weimar as music teacher to Princess Augusta (the future German empress). He also conducted the chorus at the Court Opera there, and was a church organist and a teacher of Italian. He publ. Versuch einer systematischen Übersicht der Gesanglehre (Leipzig, 1822) and Chorgesangschule für Schul- und Theaterchore (Mainz, 1831). He composed 3 operas, an oratorio, Die Kraft des Glaubens, many sacred choruses, 4 overtures, and several instrumental works in salon style.

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