Recorded on 02/11/2010, uploaded on 02/11/2010
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
While the name of Johann
Nepomuk Hummel is not commonly heard today, he was an important part of the musical
fabric of Austria during the late 18th and early 19th
centuries, as both a composer and virtuoso pianist.
At the age of eight, Hummel was offered music lessons by Mozart,
who had been impressed by the boy's musical abilities. Hummel lived for two years with Mozart. In 1792, Hummel and Ludwig van Beethoven were contemporaries in Vienna taking composition lessons from Franz Josef Haydn and Antonio Salieri. Franz Schubert dedicated his
last three piano sonati to Hummel, although those dedications were changed
later by the publishers.
Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera Armide
premiered in 1777 in Paris. Hummel's set of 10 variations was written in
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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