Johann Baptist Cramer

Double bass
by popularity


11 Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen”12 Études Caracteristiques 'Les Parisiennes'12 Études mélodiques, Op.10716 Etudes, Op.812 Airs Ecossois from Sonatas, Op.442 Piano Sonatas, Op.272 Piano Sonatas, Op.82 Sonatas for Piano and Violin24 Morceaux choisis dans les quatuors et quintettes24 Préludes, Op.9624 Salon-Etuden, Op.10125 New & Characteristic Diversions, Op.7126 Préludes3 Divertimentos, Op.133 Keyboard Trios, Op.53 Nocturnes, Op.1043 Nocturnes, Op.943 Piano Sonatas, Op.123 Piano Sonatas, Op.233 Piano Sonatas, Op.293 Piano Sonatas, Op.343 Piano Sonatas, Op.373 Piano Sonatas, Op.433 Piano Sonatas, Op.443 Piano Sonatas, Op.73 Sonatas, Letter A3 Sonatas, Op.143 Sonatas, Op.153 Sonatas, Op.23 Sonatas, Op.353 Sonatas, Op.393 Sonatas, Op.43 Sonatas, Op.936 Préludes mélodiques, Op.914 Divertimentos, Op.1750 Selected Studies60 Selected Studies84 Etudes, Opp.30 & 40


Adagio in D majorAdagio in F major


Capriccio sur des Airs favoris des 'Figaro et Don Juan', Op.64Capriccio sur le canon de 'Axur', Op.73Concerto da Camera


Divertimento No.1, M.7.05Divertimento No.10, M.7.16Divertimento No.11, M.7.17Divertimento No.12, M.7.20Divertimento No.5, M.7.09Divertimento No.7, M.7.11Divertimento No.8, M.7.14Divertimento No.9Duet for 2 Pianos, Op.24Dulce et utile, Op.55


Fantasia on 'The Conquest of Mexico'


Grand March in E-flat major


Impromptu in D-flat major, Op.93Instructions for the Piano ForteIntroduction et Rondo, Op.66


Knights May Woo and Ladies Listen, M.11.4Kutusoff’s Victory and Impromptu


La Strenna-Divertimento, M.7.21L'AmbiguLays of a MinstrelLe Retour du PrintempsLes deux Styles, Op.97Les petits riens


Marche TurqueMazurka a la RondoMélange on Airs from GluckMoins que rien


New Practical School, Op.100Notturno, Op.32Notturno, Op.54


Piano Concerto No.1, Op.10Piano Concerto No.2, Op.16Piano Concerto No.3, Op.26Piano Concerto No.4, Op.38Piano Concerto No.5, Op.48Piano Concerto No.6, Op.51Piano Concerto No.7, Op.56Piano Concerto No.8, Op.70Piano Quartet in E-flat majorPiano Quartet No.2, Op.35Piano Quintet No.1, Op.60Piano Quintet No.2, Op.69Piano Quintet No.3, Op.79Piano Sonata and 3 Variations, Op.19 No.3Piano Sonata in D major, M.2.020Piano Sonata in E-flat major, M.2.063Piano Sonata in F major, M.2.109Piano Sonata 'Les Suivantes' No.1, Op.57Piano Sonata 'Les Suivantes' No.2, Op.58Piano Sonata 'Les Suivantes' No.3, Op.59Piano Sonata, Letter CPiano Sonata, Letter DPiano Sonata, M.2.054Piano Sonata, Op.20 'Grande Sonate'Piano Sonata, Op.25 No.1Piano Sonata, Op.25 No.2Piano Sonata, Op.25 No.3Piano Sonata, Op.47Piano Sonata, Op.50Piano Sonata, Op.53Piano Sonata, Op.63Piano Sonatas, Op.11Piano Sonatas, Op.6Piano Sonatina in C major, M.3.09Piccola Fantasia DrammaticaPolonaise, M.12.11


Rendezvous à la Chasse, M.7.24Rondo Brillant on a Venetian AirRondo on a Favorite Scotch Reel, M.9.04Rondo on 'Gia un dolce raggio'Rondo on Lord MacDonald's ReelRondo Polonaise, M.9.08


Sonata for Piano 4 hands No.2Sonata in E major, Op.69 'Amicitia'


Toccata, M.12.05Très Petit Canon


Un Jour de Printemps, M.8.30Useful Extracts


Variations on ‘Benedetta sia la Madre’Variations on ‘Crazy Jane’, M.6.04Variations on a Saxon AirVariations on a Theme by PaisielloVariations on an Anglo-Caledonian AirVariations on 'Braes of Ballenden', M.6.08Variations on 'Le Songe de Rousseau'Variations on Mozart's 'Fin ch'han dal vino'
Johann (sometimes John) Baptist Cramer (24 February 1771 – 16 April 1858) was an English pianist, composer and music publisher of German origin. He was the son of Wilhelm Cramer, a famous London violinist and conductor, one of a numerous family who were identified with the progress of music during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Cramer was born in Mannheim and was brought to London as a child, where he worked for most of his musical career, lived most of his life, and died.
From 1782 to 1784, he studied piano under Muzio Clementi and soon became a renowned professional pianist both in London and on the continent. He enjoyed a worldwide reputation, and was particularly appreciated by Beethoven when he visited Vienna, concertized and competed with him. Both were considered the greatest pianists of their time, Beethoven excelling in interpretative expressiveness, Cramer in pure technical perfection. He was the English publisher of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 and is credited with giving it its nickname, "The Emperor".
Cramer was one of the most renowned piano performers of his day. He met Beethoven in Vienna, initiating a mutually rewarding relationship, while renewing his friendship with Haydn.
After 1800, he was based almost exclusively in England. Following the successful example of his former teacher Clementi, he also became a successful music publisher in London. His many compositions take second place to his pianistic prowess; Beethoven considered him the finest pianist of the day from the standpoint of pure technical perfection.
His musical instrument manufacturing and music publishing firm, Cramer & Co., was located at 201 Regent Street). His business partners were Thomas Frederick Beale and Robert Addison. He ended his personal involvement in the company at the end of 1833, although it retained his name. He wrote a number of sonatas and other pieces for piano, and other compositions, of which his Études are best known, having appeared in numerous editions. They are still considered standard didactic works for piano students.
His music is generally less dramatic and elegant than Clementi's, much less adventurous than Dussek's and far less Romantic in sentiment than the Chopin forerunner John Field. It is stylistically conservative but replete with the most advanced, idiomatically pianistic passage-work. He wrote some 200 solo piano sonatas, about 50 sonatas for other instruments with piano accompaniment, nine piano concertos, and chamber music.
His brother Franz Cramer was Master of the King's Musick from 1837 until his death in 1848.
(→ for a complete survey cf. Thomas B. Milligan, J. B. Cramer (1771-1858) - A Thematic Catalogue of His Works, Boydell and Brewer, 1994, 224 p., ISBN 0945193416)