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Franz Anton Hoffmeister


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Franz Anton Hoffmeister (12th May 1754–9th February 1812) was a German composer and music publisher.

Born in Rottenburg am Neckar, he went to Vienna at the age of fourteen to study law. Following his studies, however, he decided on a career in music and by the 1780s he had become one of the city’s most popular composers, with an extensive and varied catalogue of works to his credit.

Hoffmeister’s reputation today however rests almost exclusively on his activities as a music publisher. By 1785 he had established one of Vienna’s first music publishing businesses, second only to Artaria & Co which had ventured into the field just five years earlier. Hoffmeister published his own works and those of many important composers of the time, including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi, Albrechtsberger, Dittersdorf, and Vanhal. These famous composers were also among Hoffmeister’s personal friends: Mozart dedicated his String Quartet in D (K.499) to him, and Beethoven addressed him in a letter as “most beloved brother”.

Hoffmeister’s publishing activities reached a peak in 1791, but thereafter seemed to take a back seat to composition. Most of his operas were composed and staged during the early 1790s, and this, combined with an apparent lack of business sense, led to a noticeable decline in production.

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  • Le_newtype

    I played "Concerto for Viola and Orchestra in D major : 1.Allegro" for a judged competition. The cadenza was a bitch, to the say the least D:

    16 Mar 2010 Reply
  • sherwinjtb

    He became popular at about 26. That's how old I am now, but no compositions yet lolz My mother was talking to me about being a composer. hmmm

    27 Feb 2010 Reply

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