Mattheson was a structure and keyboard pupil of Hanff in Hamburg. Hanff was a courtroom organist towards the Prince-bishop of Lubeck before 1696. He came back to Hamburg in 1705 and had taken the position from the cathedral organist at Schleswig in 1711. The just compositions that survive are three cathedral cantatas and three body organ choral preludes. In the torso from the cantatas, Hanff contrasted the chorus with soloists as well as the chorales had been modeled after Buxtehude. Among the preludes includes two-parts, finishing having a chorale fugue. This specific prelude was even more in keeping with middle-German musical traditions.