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Johann Hans Georg Nageli

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Johann Hans Georg Nägeli


Hans Georg Nägeli (26 May 1773, Wetzikon, Switzerland – 26 December 1836, Zurich, Swit.) was a composer and music publisher.

Nägeli studied under his father as a child, and then opened a private music shop and publishing firm in the 1790s. In 1803 he began publishing the Repertoire des Clavecinistes, which included the first editions of keyboard pieces by composers such as Muzio Clementi, Johann Baptist Cramer, and Ludwig van Beethoven. He founded two singing societies (Sängervereine) in Zurich, in addition to writing profusely on music theory and aesthetics, as well as introductory treatises for students.

Much of Nägeli's compositional output consists of keyboard works and songs. His Gold'ne Abendsonne was adapted by others for various purposes. One version of the tune, sung by a bird (feathered) on Today, was described by its presenters as a "Folk Song", but also appears in various music editions of the Metrical psalter (as the tune Zurich), where it is correctly attributed to Nägeli.

Nowadays he is probably best known for the hymn (and psalm) tune Dennis, the melody that was to become Blest Be the Tie that Binds.

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