Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837) remembered

Today we remember the Austrian composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837) who died 180 years ago on 17 October 1837. He was a highly influential composer whose works bridged the Classical and Romantic styles and he is perhaps unjustly overlooked in modern times.

Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Hummel’s main oeuvre is for the piano, on which instrument he was one of the great virtuosi of his day. His output for the piano includes eight piano concertos, ten piano sonatas (one is still unpublished), eight piano trios, a piano quartet, a piano quintet and two piano septets.

In 1803, Hummel wrote his Trumpet Concerto in E Major for the Viennese trumpet virtuoso and inventor of the keyed trumpet, Anton Weidinger. This short work, in three movements, is his most recorded piece and can be heard superbly played by Alison Balsom with the Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen led by Thomas Klug on Warner Classics.