Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837) was an influential teacher, composer, and musical innovator considered by many to be the greatest pianist of Europe in his lifetime. Hummel played a significant part in the transformation of musical style during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; he was one of the first professional musicians to take on multiple roles as both an artist and an entrepreneur-a model that continues to be followed to this very day. Johann Nepomuk Hummel: A Musician's Life and World is the first English-language study of this important composer and performer. Its thirteen chapters focus on different aspects of Hummel's life, music, and career, such as his family and early years, his experiences living under the regime of the Habsburg monarchy, and his personal and musical relationships with important composers of both the classical and romantic periods, including Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, and Chopin. Author Mark Kroll gives a survey of Hummel's legacy as a performer and composer, placing his life and works within the context of the social, political, economic, and cultural transformations occurring at the time.
Kroll offers a complete picture of this pivotal juncture in music history and the role of the musician in that society as well as our own. Numerous musical examples are also included. An appendix providing the original language version of all translations, an exhaustive bibliography, and a complete, annotated list of Hummel's works conclude this invaluable treatise.
Mark Kroll is professor emeritus of music at Boston University and visiting professor at Northeastern University. He is the author of Playing the Harpsichord Expressively: A Practical and Historical Guide (Scarecrow Press, 2004).
Part 1 Abbreviations Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction Part 4 1 The Worlds of Johann Nepomuk Hummel Part 5 2 "The Modern Mozart of Germany" Part 6 3 "Beloved Papa": Hummel, Haydn, and Esterhazy Part 7 4 In the Footsteps of Beethoven Part 8 5 Hummel's Tears: Schubert Part 9 6 Hummel on the Road: The First Touring Artist Part 10 7 Stuttgart: "No Place for an Artist" Part 11 8 Weimar's Orpheus Part 12 9 Hummel and His Students: "A Complete Course of Instructions" Part 13 10 Schumann Part 14 11 Hummel and Liszt Part 15 12 "Hats Off, Gentleman": Hummel and Chopin Part 16 13 Hummel's Legacy: The Music and the Man Part 17 Appendixes Chapter 18 A A Complete List of the Works of Johann Nepomuk Hummel Chapter 19 B The Hummel Family Chapter 20 C Honors and Awards of Johann Nepomuk Hummel Chapter 21 D Members of the Weimar Hofkapelle Chapter 22 E Original Language for Footnotes Part 23 Bibliography Part 24 Index Part 25 About the Author