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Franz Anton Hoffmeister
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Sheet music for Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Viola — Softcover with CD — Classical
Composed by Franz-Anton Hoffmeister. Sheet music with CD. Music Minus One. Classical. Softcover with CD. 16 pages. Music Minus One #MMO4505. Published by Music Minus One (HL.400511).
Flute,Violin — Score,Set of Parts — Classical Period,Repertoire,Wedding,Recital
Composed by Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812). Arranged by Editions Glenn Michael. Classical Period, Repertoire, Wedding, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 22 pages. Published by Editions Glenn Michael, Caracas, Venezuela (S0.706609).
Oboe, viola d'amore, 2 violins and cello — score and parts, First Edition —
Composed by Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812). Edited by Franz Beyer. Sheet music. Score and parts, First Edition. Amadeus Verlag #BP 1876. Published by Amadeus Verlag (M7.BP-1876).
Flute,Violin,Viola,Cello — Score,Set of Parts — Classical Period,Repertoire,European,Wedding,Recital
Composed by Franz Hoffmeister. Classical Period, Repertoire, European, Wedding, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 66 pages. Published by Editions Glenn Michael, Caracas, Venezuela (S0.692251).
Flute,Viola — Score,Set of Parts — Classical Period,Graduation,Recital
Composed by Franz Hoffmeister. Arranged by Glenn Michael. Classical Period, Graduation, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 32 pages. Published by Editions Glenn Michael, Caracas, Venezuela (S0.701421).
Piano Accompaniment, Viola — Softcover Piano Reduction — Classical
Viola and Piano Reduction. Composed by Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812). Edited by Julia Ronge and Norbert Gertsch. Arranged by Kim Kashkashian and Klaus Schilde. Sheet Music. Paperbound. Henle Music Folios. With marked and unmarked string parts. Cadenzas and lead-ins by Robert D. Levin. ABRSM syllabus Grade: 8 -- ABRSM 2018 remarks: recommended. Classical. Softcover Piano Reduction. 58 pages. G. Henle #HN739. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480739).
viola and piano — score and part —
Composed by Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812). Edited by Paul Doktor. This edition: revised edition. Score and part. International Music Co. #1075. Published by International Music Co. (IM.1075).
2 pianos, 4 hands — 2-piano score —
Composed by Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812). Piano x2, 4 Hands. 2-piano score. Edition Kunzelmann #EKB027. Published by Edition Kunzelmann (PE.EKB027).
Double Bass, Piano Accompaniment — Softcover Piano Reduction — Classical
Double Bass and Piano. Composed by Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812). Edited by Tobias Glockler. Sheet Music. Paperbound. Henle Music Folios. Pages: Score = VI and 44 * DB Parts in Solo and Viennese Tuning = 22 * Vl Part = 2. Classical. Softcover Piano Reduction. 74 pages. G. Henle #HN721. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480721).
viola, flute — Sheet Music —
Composed by Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812). Viola(s) & Other Instruments. Sheet Music. Edition Peters #EP8191. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP8191).
Whilst today Hoffmeister is best known for his activities as a music publisher of many prominent Viennese comoposers of the era (including Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart), in the early 1780’s he was one of Vienna’s most popular composers in his own right.
Hoffmeister’s compositions are not yet completely documented, but he certainly worked in most genres with the exception of large orchestral works. Nevertheless, he is known to have composed 10 stage works, at least 44 symphonies, and many flute concertos as well as a few for the clarinet and a notable viola concerto.
In chamber music, he wrote a considerable amount of music for the flute, plus string quartets, quintets and piano sonatas. Hoffmeister also experimented with unusual chamber combinations, and recently recordings of double bass quartets, Notturnos with oboe, 2 violas, bassoon or violin (on Tudor) have emerged. Dieter Klocker has recorded clarinet quartets by Hoffmeister and his recording of the clarinet concerti is due out in January 2006.
To try and summarise Hoffmeister’s contribution to 18/19th century compositions, whilst many works are relatively light in nature, they are all well crafted and certainly well worth listening to. Some of the better works approach the ambiance of Haydn and Mozart in their lighter moods, and for this reason alone Hoffmeister deserves to sit near the front of the “also-rans” of the time.
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His “La Festa Della Pace” was composed to commemorate Balkan’s treaty with Ottoman Turks.
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Wrote 9 operas, 66 symphonies and overtures (if not more), 150 string quartets, 5 piano quartets, 11 piano trios, 18 string trios and 12 piano sonatas. In addition, he wrote a great many flute concertos and works for flute with various instruments.
Born in Rothenburg some two years before Mozart, Hoffmeister went to Vienna when he was just 14 to study law. However, he soon devoted himself entirely to music and, by 1785 had, in addition to producing successful compositions, set up a music publishing business. Hoffmeister’s business acumen, however, did not equal his compositional ability, and his publishing activities were financially precarious over the next few years.
In 1799 Hoffmeister befriended the organist Ambrosiuis Kuhnel in Leipzig and founded the “Bureau de Musique”, which later became the well known firm of CF Peters – still active today. The Bureau published collections of Haydn’s string quartets and Mozart’s quartets and quintets and was an early champion of J.S. Bach’s keyboard works. They also succeeded in acquiring Beethoven’s First Symphony and Second Piano Concerto.
In 1805, Hoffmeister sold out to Kuhnel, and the Viennese publishers (run by his wife) the next year, and until his death in 1812 he devoted himself to composition.
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Hoffmeister started as a law student, but became interested in music, so he opened a publishing house. He published works of Mozart and Beethoven as well as his own works. His publishing house became part of the well known C.F. Peters.