Franz Anton Hoffmeister

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12 Etudes for Viola3 Duets for Violin and Cello, Op.6Duet for Violin and Cello in C major, Op.6 No.1Viola Concerto in D majorDuet for Flute and Violin in G majorSonata for Flute and Violin in C majorDuet for Violin and Cello in A major, Op.6 No.3Duet for Violin and Cello in F major, Op.6 No.23 String Quartets, Op.14Quintette traduite de l'opéra 'Figaro'Flute Duet in D major6 Caprices for ViolinFlute Trio No.3 in C major6 Flute Quartets, H.5967Concerto for 2 Flutes, GroF 446Flute Trio No.4 in E-flat majorString Trio in G major, Op.22 No.3Flute Quintet in D major, H.5905/1Keyboard Sonata in A major, WeiH 37String Trio in E-flat major, Op.22 No.1String Trio in B-flat major, Op.22 No.2Variations for Flute Quartet in G majorDouble Bass Concerto No.1 in E-flat major2 Keyboard Sonatas, WeiH 80Concerto for 2 Clarinets in E-flat majorBassoon Concerto in B-flat majorPartita in G majorFlute Quintet in C major, H.5905/4Flute Quintet in G major, H.5905/2Flute Quintet in E-flat major, H.5905/3Flute ConcertoFlute Quintet in A major, H.5905/5Oboe Quartet No.1 in B-flat major, WeiH A22Polonaise en rondeau24 Deutsche TänzeOboe Quartet No.4 in C major, WeiH A22Oboe Quartet No.2 in F major, WeiH A22Oboe Quartet No.6 in D major, WeiH A22Oboe Quartet No.5 in G major, WeiH A22Oboe Quartet No.3 in C major, WeiH A22Der Königssohn aus Ithaka12 Variations for Keyboard in C major3 Keyboard Sonatas, Op.7Die Linde am KirchhofeGesänge mit Begleitung des PianoforteDas Mädchen am Gestade12 Variations for Flute Quartet in D major2 Airs from 'Betrug durch Aberglauben'3 Duets for Flute and Viola3 Duets for Violin and Viola, Op.73 Flute Duets, Op.503 Flute Quartets, H.59403 Flute Quartets, Op.553 Flute Sonatas, Op.93 Flute Trios, Op.113 String Quartets3 String Quartets, Op.113 String Quartets, Op.263 String Trios, Op.223 String Trios, Op.373 Terzettos Scolastico32 Variations for Flute Quartet in G major, Op.576 Airs for 2 Flutes6 Duets for Violin and Keyboard6 Duets for Violin and Viola, Op.196 Duets for Violin and Viola, Op.656 Flute Duets, Op.166 Flute Duets, Op.206 Flute Quartets, H.59206 Flute Quartets, H.59296 Flute Quintets, H.59056 Flute Trios6 Piano Trios6 Sonatas for 2 Flutes, Op.26 Sonatas for 2 Flutes, Op.276 String Quartets, Op.76 String Quartets, Op.96 String Quintets, Op.26 String Quintets, Op.236 String Trios6 String Trios, Op.286 Violin Duets, Op.18Double Bass Concerto No.3 in E-flat majorDuet for Violin and Viola in G major, Op.7 No.1Flute Concerto in D major, GroF 436Flute Concerto in D major, GroF 440Flute Concerto in D major, GroF 443Flute Concerto in G major, GroF 441Flute Concerto in G major, GroF 442Flute Concerto in G major, GroF 444Flute Quartet in D major, Op.19 No.1Flute Quartet in D major, WeiH 38Flute Quartet in F major, Op.19 No.4Flute Trio in D major, Op.31Flute Trio No.1 in D majorFlute Trio No.2 in G majorHorn Quintet in E-flat majorKeyboard Concerto in C major, Op.8Keyboard Concerto in D major, Op.24Keyboard Concerto in G major, Op.23Keyboard Quartet No.1 in B-flat majorKeyboard Quartet No.2 in G majorNotturno in E-flat majorNotturno No.4 in D majorOboe Concerto in C majorQuartetto a Contrabbasso ObbligatoSolo in G major for Flute and ViolaString Quartet in A major, Op.17String Quartet No.2 in F minorString Quartet No.9 in D majorString Quintet in A major, Op.2 No.2String Quintet in A major, Op.3String Quintet in B-flat major, Op.62Symphony No.1 in F majorSymphony No.2 in C majorSymphony No.3 in B-flat majorSymphony No.4 in G majorSymphony No.5 in A majorSymphony No.6 'La Festa della Pace 1791'Symphony No.7 in G majorFlute Sonata in C major, Op.13
Franz Anton Hoffmeister (12 May 1754 – 9 February 1812) was a German composer and music publisher.
Franz Anton Hoffmeister was born in Rottenburg am Neckar on 12 May 1754. At the age of fourteen he went to Vienna 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 rests mainly 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 five years earlier.
Hoffmeister published his own works as well as those of many important composers of the time, including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Clementi, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf and Johann Baptist Wanhal. These famous composers were also among Hoffmeister's personal friends: Mozart dedicated his String Quartet in D to him and Beethoven addressed him in a letter as my "most beloved brother".
Hoffmeister’s publishing activities reached a peak in 1791, but thereafter he appeared to have devoted more time 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 his noticeable decline as a publisher.
In 1799, Hoffmeister and the flautist Franz Thurner set off on a concert tour which was to have taken them as far afield as London. They got no further than Leipzig, where Hoffmeister befriended the organist Ambrosius Kühnel. The two men decided to set up a music publishing partnership and "within a year" had founded the 'Bureau de Musique', which was eventually taken over by the well-respected C.F. Peters, a firm that is still active today. Among the publications of the Bureau de Musique was the first edition of Johann Sebastian Bach's Keyboard Works in 14 volumes (1802). Until 1805, Hoffmeister kept both the Viennese firm and his newer Leipzig publishing house going, but in March 1805 he transferred sole ownership of the Bureau de Musique to Kühnel. His interest in the Viennese firm also waned, for in 1806, apparently to allow time for composition, he sold the 20-year-old business to the Chemische Druckerey.
As a composer, Hoffmeister was highly respected by his contemporaries, as can be seen in the entry, published in the year of his death, in Gerber's Neues Lexikon der Tonkünstler:
If you were to take a glance at his many and varied works, then you would have to admire the diligence and the cleverness of this composer.... He earned for himself a well-deserved and wide-spread reputation through the original content of his works, which are not only rich in emotional expression but also distinguished by the interesting and suitable use of instruments and through good practicability. For this last trait we have to thank his knowledge of instruments, which is so evident that you might think that he was a virtuoso on all of the instruments for which he wrote.
Prominent in Hoffmeister’s extensive oeuvre are works for the flute, including more than 25 concertos as well as chamber works with the flute in a leading role. Many of these works would have been composed with Vienna’s growing number of amateur musicians in mind, for whom the flute was one of the most favoured instruments. Hoffmeister also composed at least eight operas, over 50 symphonies, numerous concertos (including an often-played concerto for the viola), a large amount of string chamber music, piano music and several collections of songs.