Johann Adolph Hasse

1699 (Bergedorf, Lower Saxony, now Germany) – 1783 (Venice)

Hasse studied with Porpora in Italy, and briefly with Scarlatti, to whom he was devoted; he helped his close friend Quantz also study with him. He enjoyed a long, close and successful working partnership with Metastasio. C. P. E. Bach said his father Johann Sebastian and Hasse were good friends when Hasse moved to Dresden (probably through Quantz’s influence there), though his success led to Porpora, by now a rival, leaving the city. Hasse was godson to one of his close friend Weiss’s sons. He was often said to be Farinelli’s favourite composer, and was visited by the teenage Mozart in Milan

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