Johann Nepomuk Hummel

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Born: 14 November 1778 — Pressburg (Bratislava) — Slovak Republic
Died: 17 October 1837 — Weimar — Germany
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J. N. Hummel: an appreciation

HURRAH FOR HUMMEL!

Mozart’s most famous pupil, Haydn’s successor at the Esterhazy court, a friend (and rival) of Beethoven, a ‘father-figure’ to Chopin and teacher of several other young romantic virtuosi including Mendelssohn, Johann Nepomuk Hummel was born in Bratislava in 1778 and died in Weimar in 1837. A child prodigy, he became one of the most brilliant virtuoso pianist-composers of the early nineteenth century. Schubert wished to dedicate his last three sonatas to Hummel whose music links the classical and romantic periods.

A dazzling performer, Hummel was regarded by Chopin - whose style he influenced - as the equal of Mozart and Beethoven. Despite being taught by the latter, Czerny rushed to get lessons from Hummel after hearing him play. Greatly admired by Berlioz and Liszt (who succeeded him at Weimar), Spohr considered him to be the greatest improviser of the time. Together with his friend, the famous Goethe, he became Weimar’s star attraction.

Dr Alan C. Clifford
(August 2011)

[by “Anonymous” on 2011-08-31 14:46:17]

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Jan (Johann) Nepomuk Hummel, born in Bratislava (Pressburg) on November 14, 1778 was the son of Josef Hummel, Director of the Imperial School of Military Music and Conductor of the Theater Orchestra. Josef selected the violin as Jan’s first musical instrument, but this led to failure; the boy chose the pianoforte.

Jan immediately displayed a most remarkable ability and at age 7 when his father moved to Vienna, Mozart was so impressed with the child’s playing that he offered to give him music lessons. Hummel then lived with Mozart for 2 years and in spite of informal and irregular lessons, he made immense progress, and Mozart predicted a brilliant future for him.

At age 9, Hummel made his first appearance at a concert given by Mozart. So successful was this performance that his father decided to take the boy on a European tour a year later through Bohemia, Germany and Denmark which continued to progress through the British Isles and ended in London where the boy received instruction from Clementi. At age 10, he gave a concert at Oxford which included an original piano quartet. Hummel remained in London until the age of 14 and toured his way home to Vienna in 1793.

When he was 15 years of age, he devoted himself to study composition under the senior master Albrechtsberger and with the suggestion of Haydn sought dramatic compositional advice from Salieri. His performance tours took him into Russia.

At age 26, he accepted the revered post of Kappelmeister to Prince Esterhazy at Eisenstadt, formerly famed by Haydn. Hummel remained here until 1811. It was during this time that an unusual estrangement came between him and Beethoven. This circumstance remained throughout Beethoven’s lifetime, and it was not until Beethoven’s last days that the old misunderstanding faded away.

Hummel was dismissed from this post because of neglect of duties and then moved back to Vienna. His career then embraced a great deal of touring as a performer and also conductor through-out all of Europe and Russia. From 1819, he lived in Weimar where he was a close friend of Goethe and often performed at the poet

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[details ←] Sixteen Short Pieces, piano,
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[details ←] Concerto in Eb Major, S. 49 - Eb Trumpet, trumpet,
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[details ←] Grade 8 Piano Anthology for 2001-2002 Associated Board, piano,
[details ←] Concerto in F major (F9SSL-SHARROW), piano, bassoon,
[details ←] Sonatas and Pieces, Volume II, piano,
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