UNICO WILHELM VAN WASSENAER (1692 - 1766)
Descended from a noble Dutch family, Count van Wassenaer was a statesman and amateur musician. After his university education and grand tour of Europe, he established in The Hague a Collegium musicum, a group of enthusiastic players who met every week, under the direction of Carlo Ricciotti. He limited his musical activities after his marriage in 1723, going on to serve as a diplomat in Paris and then in Cologne.
Vocal and Instrumental Music
Van Wassenaer left a handful of church settings. His Concerti armonici were at first attributed to Ricciotti. Showing Italian influence, in accordance with contemporary taste, they represent the characteristic repertoire of his Collegium musicum.