Hurlebusch, Conrad Friedrich

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Hurlebusch, Conrad Friedrich

Hurlebusch, Conrad Friedrich, German harpsichordist, organist, and composer; b. Braunschweig, c. 1691; d. Amsterdam, Dec. 17, 1765. He studied with his father, a scholar who played the harpsichord and organ. After sojourns in Hamburg and Vienna, and travels in Italy, he returned to Braunschweig and wrote his first opera, L’innocenza difesa (1721), for the court. From 1722 to 1725 he was Kapellmeister to the Swedish court. Following extensive travels in Germany, he returned to Braunschweig once again and wrote the opera Flavio Cuniberto (1727). In 1743 he settled in Amsterdam as organist of the Oude Kerk. In addition to his operas, Hurlebusch composed concertos, keyboard sonatas, cantatas, Psalms, and odes.


R. Kahleyss, CF. H, 1691-1765: Sein Leben und Wirken (Frankfurt am Main, 1984)

.—Laura Kuhn/Dennis McInctire