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Mark KROLL: Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Novinky vydavateľstva HC


14. 02. 2023

Johann Nepomuk Hummel: A Musician’s Life and World is not only a book about a great artist whom history seems to have forgotten, although that would have been reason enough to write one. It is also about the many worlds in which he lived. Hummel fl ourished during one of the most dynamic periods in music history and was at the center of the transformation from the classical to the romantic style of playing and writing music. As Mozart’s most famous student, Haydn’s protégé, and Beethoven‘s friend and chief competitor, he was the ultimate classicist. Hummel the romantic, however, exerted a powerful influence on the next generation of composers, notably Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, and Chopin. This is the first English-language book to consider the entirety of Hummel’s career. It is a rich and complex story, not only about a great musician but also about a world in fl ux, off ering us a complete picture of a pivotal juncture in music history and of the role of the musician in that society.

Mark Kroll’s distinguished career as a performer, scholar and educator spans a period of more than fi fty years. In addition to this book, Kroll’s publications about Hummel and his music include a facsimile edition of the Clavierschule; an urtext edition of the Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 104 (Bärenreiter); two scholarly editions of Hummel’s arrangements of operatic and symphonic works for chamber ensemble; and numerous articles. His other books include The Cambridge Companion to the Harpsichord; Ignaz Moscheles and the Changing World of Musical Europe; The Beethoven Violin Sonatas; Playing the Harpsichord Expressively; The Boston School of Harpsichord Building; and Bach, Handel and Scarlatti: Reception in Britain 1750–1850.

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