Johann Nepomuk Hummel
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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 flourished 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. 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 flux, offering 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 fifty years. The author prepared the second revised edition of his book for the Music Centre Slovakia.