Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Don't Judge A Composer By His Name

Johann Nepomuk Hummel was an Austrian composer and virtuoso pianist during the Classical Era of music.  He was a child prodigy as a pianist and was even taught by the great Mozart himself at a young age.  Mozart recognized this child's potential.  Hummel may have had a funny middle name, but his compositions were no joke.  He had some great compositions mostly for the piano with great sonatas, etudes and concertos. But, unlike Chopin who wrote almost exclusively for solo piano, Hummel had many compositions that used other instruments besides the piano.

Johann Nepomuk Hummel [1778-1837]
Hummel also had, what in my opinion, was one of the best trumpet concertos in that era.  Along with the Haydn trumpet concerto, the Hummel concerto in Eb Major is one of my favorites, especially I love its exciting third movement, rondo. 

While many of his works follow the quintessential Mozart classical style, Hummel's piano concerto in A minor could be said to be a precursor to the Romantic era.

While Hummel wasn't prolific in his compositions, what he did compose, mostly for the piano, was very good. 

To represent just a small sample of some of the great compositions of Hummel, please enjoy Hummel's Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major, his Piano concertos #2 and #3, and the third movement of his Cello Sonata in A major and the vivace movement of his septet for piano, wind and strings. 

If you've never heard the name of Johann Nepomuk Hummel before, I think when you hear this music you will see you can't judge a composer by his name. 

Please turn up the volume, play in full screen, and enjoy some beautiful music composed by the Classical Era composer, Johann Nepomuk Hummel.

J.N. Hummel: Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major:

J.N. Hummel: Piano Concerto #2 in A minor:

J.N. Hummel: Cello Sonata in A Major, Movement 3, Allegro non troppo

J.N Hummel: Septet in D minor for piano, wind, and strings, Movement 4, Vivace:

J.N. Hummel: Piano Concerto #3 in B minor:


Andrew Bayer said...

Wonderful! This posting was a pleasant and informative surprise-thanks Big Mike!

Big Mike said...

Thank you very much Andrew. I appreciate it!