Hoffmeister, Franz Anton

Franz Anton Hoffmeister (12 May 1754 – 9 February 1812) was born in Rottenburg am Neckar and went to Vienna to learn the law, leaving in 1778 to work as Kapellmeister for a nobleman in Hungary. He returned to Vienna in 1784, where he set up a music publishing company, forming a strong relationship with Mozart. Hoffmeister turned over all of his business to Artaria in 1795. He began another publishing house in 1800 with the Leipzig organist Ambrosius Kühnel, a company eventually purchased by C.F. From Peters. Hoffmeister quit Leipzig and, in 1805, moved back to Vienna. He has made contributions to multiple music styles and composed operettas, Singspiel, and operas for the stage and other holy and secular vocal music. Hoffmeister wrote 44 symphonies for the ensemble, 13 of which were lost and 15 of which were written. With several string quartets and flute quartets, among many other compositions, including trios, duo sonatas, and violin or flute sonatas, he was incredibly prolific in chamber music, all very much in the agreed style of his period.

Today, Hoffmeister's name is synonymous with his work as a music publisher. Hence, Artaria & Co., Vienna's first music publisher, entered the market five years earlier. Johann Baptist Wanhal, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Mozart, and Haydn are only some famous composers whose works were published by Hoffmeister throughout his tenure. Hoffmeister's close acquaintances included Mozart and Beethoven, each of whom referred to him as my "most dear brother" in a letter. However, the composition seems to take precedence over publication for Hoffmeister following the year 1791. While his operas were mainly written and performed in early 1790, this, along with an apparent lack of economic understanding, contributed to his demise as a publisher. As far as London was concerned, Hoffmeister and the flutist Franz Thurner embarked on a concert tour in 1799. Only Leipzig, where Hoffmeister became friends with organist Ambrosius Kühnel, did they make it. 'Bureau de Musique,' which was subsequently taken over by the well-respected C.F. Peters and is still in operation today, was created by the two individuals who decided to form a music publishing business. The 14-volume first edition of Johann Sebastian Bach's Keyboard Works was one of the Bureau de Musique's many accomplishments (1802). Up until March 1805, Hoffmeister continued to run both the Viennese and his Leipzig publishing houses, but he handed over the Bureau de Musique to Kühnel as a sole proprietor. To give himself time to compose, he sold the Viennese enterprise to the Chemische Druckerey 1806, who was just 20 years old. Among Hoffmeister's many compositions, several concertos and chamber pieces use the flute prominently. For amateur musicians in Vienna, the flute was one of the most popular instruments, and many of these pieces were likely written with this in mind. Aside from his operas and symphonies, Hoffmeister also created several concertos, string chamber music, piano music, and several song collections. Hoffmeister was also a prolific composer of concertos for the viola.

Viola Compositions of Franz Anton Hoffmeister | Animato Strings

Hoffmeister, 3 Duos Op. 6 For Violin And Viola (Amadeus)

Franz Van Hoffmeister's 3 Duos Opus 6 for Violin and Viola, published by Amadeus, is a delightful collection of well-balanced classical pieces. Each duo is a masterful blend of melody, harmony, and rhythm, written in an elegant and sophisticated style. The publication is of high quality, with clear notation that makes it easy to play. Overall, a valuable addition to any musician's repertoire.

$36.32 Price

Hoffmeister, Concerto In D For Viola (Kunzelmann)

Hoffmeister's Viola Concerto in D Major is a vital piece for viola concertos. It's popular due to the rarity of virtuosic viola concertos from the Classical period and the emergence of virtuoso violists in the early 20th century. It's often included in major auditions and competitions. This document provides violists with ways to perform this piece and other works from the Classical era.

Hoffmeister's Viola Concerto in D Major is published by G. Henle Verlag, Kunzelmann, Peters, Kalmus, International Music Company, H. L. Grahl, and Max Eschig. Kunzelmann has the full score and piano reduction, while the others have only piano reductions. Seven cadenzas are available, each with unique technical challenges.

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Hoffmeister, Duo In B♭ Major Op.13 Nr.4 For Violin And Viola

Hoffmeister's "Duo in B-flat Major, Op. 13, No. 4" is a popular classical composition for violin and viola. The piece has three movements: Allegro Moderato, Adagio, and Rondo Allegretto. Hoffmeister was a German composer and music publisher known for his extensive work on the flute. He created over 25 concertos and chamber works for the flute, considering Vienna's growing number of amateur musicians. He also composed eight operas, over 50 symphonies, several concertos, a vast amount of string chamber music, piano music, and collections of songs.

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Hoffmeister, Studies For Viola (IMC)

Franz Anton Hoffmeister was a renowned German composer who worked during the Classical period. He composed many musical works, including chamber music, flutes, operas, symphonies, concertos, and more. Among his most well-known works is the Studies for Viola, which violists still use today. Hoffmeister also created a significant amount of work for the flute, including over 25 concertos and chamber works. His compositions were intended for the growing number of amateur musicians in Vienna, where the flute was popular. Aside from these works, Hoffmeister also composed eight operas, over 50 symphonies, a viola concerto, string chamber music, piano music, and collections of songs.

$54.50 Price


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