Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778–1837) is wrongly remembered, first and foremost, as Mozart’s pupil. In his day he was one of the most respected pianists and was also a composer with quite some influence on later generations. It is not known when exactly he composed his viola sonata. It was selfpublished in 1798 in Vienna together with two violin sonatas. Numerous reprints, including ones in France and England, testify to the extraordinary popularity of the sonata, both then and today.
- Viola Sonata E flat major op. 5 Nr. 3
Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778–1837) drew widespread attention as a musical prodigy in his childhood, and, at the age of eight, was warmly accepted as a pupil by W. A. Mozart. Like his teacher, the young virtuoso undertook lengthy concert tours – also accompanied by his father – through Germany, Denmark and England. The Sonata for Piano and Viola in Eb major presented here … 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.
|1778||Born in Pressburg (Bratislava) on November 14. His father, a professional musician, gives him his first music lessons.|
|1786–88||The family relocates to Vienna, where he becomes the pupil of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.|
|1788–93||With his father he undertakes a multi-year concert tour through Europe. In London he meets Joseph Haydn.|
|from 1793||Back in Vienna, he becomes the pupil of Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Antonio Salieri, and Joseph Haydn.|
|1804–11||He is concertmaster of Prince Esterházy’s orchestra in Eisenstadt.|
|from 1811||In Vienna he devotes himself primarily to composition and teaching.|
|1813||He marries Elisabeth Röckel, a singer at Vienna’s Hoftheater.|
|1816–18||He is Royal Württemberg Court Music Director in Stuttgart.|
|from 1819||In February he becomes court music director in Weimar, and rises to become one of that city’s most important musical figures.|
|1827||In Vienna he meets Franz Schubert. He participates in the funeral of Ludwig van Beethoven.|
|1828||He publishes his Course of Instruction on the Art of Playing the Piano, which he had drafted in Weimar.|
|1831||With André Hippolyte Chelard he directs the Thuringia Music Festival in Erfurt.|
|1837||Dies in Weimar on October 17.|
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This new urtext Henle edition contains the expected clean engraving, legible spacing, and critical report. ... This is a welcome addition to Henle's growing catalog of standard viola repertoire.
Diese Urtextausgabe von Hummels Bratschensonate ist besonders wertvoll, weil sie alle Fehler der Erstausgabe korrigiert und zusätzlich eine praktisch eingerichtete Stimme der bekannten Bratscherin Tabea Zimmermann liefert.
Die von Ernst Herttrich betreute Urtext-Ausgabe ist rundum gelungen. Vor allem liefert sie einen Notentext, der schon durch das Schriftbild die Struktur der Komposition aufschließt. Viola- und Klavierstimme sind hervorragend lesbar. Der Kommentar erläutert editorische Fragen. Die zusätzliche Violastimme, die von Tabea Zimmermann mit Angaben zum Notenstrich und Fingersätzen versehen wurde, geht sehr sensibel mit dem Urtext um; die Fingersätze in der Klavierstimme von Klaus Schilde erweisen sich als hilfreich und praktikabel.