Johann Nicolaus Hanff

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Johann Nicolaus Hanff , also Johann Nikolaus Hanff (born September 25, 1663 in Gossel , † Christmas 1711 in Schleswig ) was a German organist and composer of the North German Organ School .


Organ in the Eutin Castle

Few details are known about Hanff's life. He grew up in Wechmar, Thuringia . It is known that he was a music teacher in Hamburg and held several positions as a church musician. One of his pupils was the then seven-year-old Johann Mattheson , who then learned composition and piano with him for four years. Until 1696 Hanff was organist at the Eutin court of the Prince-Bishop of Lübeck .

After the death of Prince-Bishop August Friedrich and the dissolution of his court in 1705, Hanff probably returned to Hamburg, where two children were born to him in 1706 and 1711. On August 26, 1711 he took over the position of organist at Schleswig Cathedral , but died a few months later.

In 1997 the asteroid (7902) Hanff was named after him.


  • 7 chorales for organ
    • Oh God, look into it from heaven
    • On my lovely God
    • A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
    • Have mercy on me, O Lord God (two versions)
    • Help me praise God's goodness (I won't let go of God)
    • If God weren't with us this time
  • 3 cantatas , including the sacred concert “I want to praise the gentlemen always” for soprano, violin and B. c. (from the dowel collection )


  • M. Roubinet: Article by Johann Nicolaus Hanff ; in: Gilles Cantagrel (ed.): Guide de la musique d'orgue ; Editions Fayard 1991; ISBN 2-213-02772-2
  • Klaus Beckmann: The North German School. Organ music in Protestant Northern Germany between 1517 and 1755. Part II: Heyday and Decline 1620-1755. Mainz, Schott 2009

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  1. life data from the documents of the Wechmarer Heimatverein, see also
  2. Minor Planet Circ. 31027