Johann Nepomuk Hummel

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Birthday
14, 1778
Birthplace
Slovakia
DEATH DATE
Oct 17, 1837 (58)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
14, 1778
Birthplace
Slovakia
DEATH DATE
Oct 17, 1837 (58)

About

Virtuoso pianist who bridged the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras. He had a tumultuous friendship with Beethoven. He was also famous for his 1828 publication "A Complete Theoretical and Practical Course of Instruction on the Art of Playing the Piano Forte."

Before Fame

He was trained for four years by composer and pianist Muzio Clementi while in London.

Trivia

He was Kapellmeister in Stuttgart from 1816 until 1819 and in Weimar from 1819 until 1837. He became good friends with Goethe in Weimar.

Family Life

His father Johannes Hummel conducted Emanuel Schikaneder's theatre orchestra and was Vienna's Imperial School of Military Music's director.

Associated With

His close friendship with Franz Schubert motivated Schubert to dedicate his final three piano sonatas to him, although the publishers switched the dedication to Robert Schumann.