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Potpourri (Fantasy) for Viola and Orchestra op. 94


“While I should have devoted my greatest efforts to pleasing the connoisseurs, I nevertheless sought to please non-connoisseurs as well. For there is no audience anywhere in the entire world that consists solely of connoisseurs [...]; they would have to be very pedantic, obstinate connoisseurs who would never feel the occasional urge to enjoy something that appeals to a mi... more


About the Composer


Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Composer and pianist, whose works are positioned stylistically at the transition from Classicism to Romanticism. They encompass nearly all genres, including six piano concerti, sonatas, chamber music, incidental music, and sacred works. Admired as a virtuoso during his lifetime, he showed his technical skills in a comprehensive course on the art of piano playing. He was a member of the Institut de France and the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Society of Friends of Music) in Vienna, among others.

1778Born in Pressburg (Bratislava) on November 14. His father, a professional musician, gives him his first music lessons.
1786–88The family relocates to Vienna, where he becomes the pupil of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
1788–93With his father he undertakes a multi-year concert tour through Europe. In London he meets Joseph Haydn.
from 1793Back in Vienna, he becomes the pupil of Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Antonio Salieri, and Joseph Haydn.
1804–11He is concertmaster of Prince Esterházy’s orchestra in Eisenstadt.
from 1811In Vienna he devotes himself primarily to composition and teaching.
1813He marries Elisabeth Röckel, a singer at Vienna’s Hoftheater.
1816–18He is Royal Württemberg Court Music Director in Stuttgart.
from 1819In February he becomes court music director in Weimar, and rises to become one of that city’s most important musical figures.
1827In Vienna he meets Franz Schubert. He participates in the funeral of Ludwig van Beethoven.
1828He publishes his Course of Instruction on the Art of Playing the Piano, which he had drafted in Weimar.
1831With André Hippolyte Chelard he directs the Thuringia Music Festival in Erfurt.
1837Dies in Weimar on October 17.

About the Authors


Norbert Gertsch (Editor)

Dr. Norbert Gertsch, born in 1967 in Rheinkamp/Moers, studied piano solo at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and read musicology and philosophy at the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg and the Ruperto Carola University Heidelberg on a scholarship from the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”. In 1996 he wrote his doctoral thesis on Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa solemnis (as part of the New Complete Edition) under Ludwig Finscher.

In the following year, he began to work at G. Henle Publishers, initially as an editor for electronic publishing. After working on a two-year project (1999–2000) sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) preparing a new Beethoven Catalogue of Works, he became a scholarly editor at G. Henle Publishers. In 2003 he became Editor-in-Chief, in 2009 Deputy Managing Director and Head of Publishing. As of 1 January 2024, the Executive Board of the Günter Henle Foundation has appointed Dr. Norbert Gertsch, as the new managing director, succeeding Dr. Wolf-Dieter Seiffert.

Gertsch has published many Urtext editions for G. Henle Publishers, including volumes for a new edition of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas together with Murray Perahia.


Johannes Umbreit (Piano reduction)

Prof. Johannes Umbreit studied the piano at the Musikhochschule in Munich. From 1987 onwards he was a regular accompanist at courses given by Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Thomas Brandis, Ljerko Spiller, Igor Ozim, Olga Woitowa, Ernő Sebestyén, Walter Nothas, F. Andrejevsky, Denis Zsigmondy and Zakhar Bron amongst others. He has appeared in numerous radio and TV broadcasts and plays chamber music with members of the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He is on the jury of different international competitions and has been invited to several international music festivals. Umbreit was a teacher for almost ten years at the Musikhochschule in Munich and at the same time a lecturer for chamber music and piano accompaniment at the Richard Strauss Conservatory. Since 2008 he has been a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. As the long-serving managing director of the Richard-Strauss-Gesellschaft, he was made an honorary member of the board in 2009. In May 2011, the Bavarian Minister of Culture appointed Johannes Umbreit an honorary professor of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München on the suggestion of its academic senate.

Tabea Zimmermann (Fingering and bowing for Viola)

Epuisèe depuis plusieurs annèes, la version pour violoncelle est à nouveau à la disposition des interprètes et du monde musical.

Crescendo, 2009

Tutta l’opera è pervasa da una scrittura fortemente virtuosistica e sempre brillante: lo sono sicuramente le due riduzioni per viola e pianoforte e violoncello e pianoforte, pubblicate dall’edizione G. Henle Verlag, in cui la parte per pianoforte è sempre molto curata.

Archi Magazin, 2008

Höchste Zeit und sehr erfreulich, dass neben der verstümmelten Fassung nun endlich das geistsprühende und virtuose Original in einer exzellenten Ausgabe zu bekommen ist. … Höchste Zeit also, dass dieses Werk seinen Weg aus den Hochschulen in die weite Welt der Orchesterpodien und Kammermusiksäle findet.

Ensemble, 2008