JOACHIM BERNHARD HAGEN (1720 - 1787)
Trained as a violinist in Hamburg, Joachim Bernhard Hagen was appointed deputy to the Bayreuth Kapellmeister Johann Pfeiffer in 1737, moving with other musicians to Ansbach when the Bayreuth court was dissolved in 1769. Hagen was a lutenist as well as a violinist and wrote music for the lute, although the instrument was by this time becoming unfashionable.
Hagen’s lute music survives in a single source in Augsburg. The manuscript includes solo and chamber works, with arrangements and transcriptions for his instrument, evidence of his own skill as a performer.