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PIANOFORTE MUSIC.

BEND A (1748-1836) composed 6 sonatas a"nd 6 adagios ; the latter to be recommended as teaching - pieces. The 3 sonatas and other smaller pieces of the Abbe JOHANN FRANZ XAVEB STERKEL (1750-1817), are pleasing and not de- void of a certain elegance. NICOLAS JOSEPH HULLMANDEL (1751-1823), a pupil of Emanuel Bach, composed 6 sonatas (op. 6), and a grand sonata (op. n); the latter contains sufficient matter of interest. Muzio CLEMENTI (1752- 1832) composed 64 sonatas, 6 sonatas for four hands, and i for 2 pianofortes, 12 monferines (op. 49), 100 studies ('Gradus ad ^arnassum'), 50 lessons, preludes, etc. The great value and importance of dementi's pianoforte com- positions are universally recognised; indeed his ' Gradus ' and some of his sonatas are in- dispensable for the student who desires to learn pianoforte-playing thoroughly. LEOPOLD KOZE- LUCH (1753-1814) wrote ii concertos, 12 solo sonatas, i concerto for 4 hands, and i collections of smaller pieces ; some of the latter have been republished in London, and possess a certain quaint charm. WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART ( I 756-i?9 I ) wrote 22 solo sonatas, 4 sonatas,

2 fantasias, a fugue, and a set of variations, all for 4 hands, a sonata and fugue for 2 pianofortes, 21 books of variations, 3 rondos,

3 fantasias, an overture (suite) in Handel's style, an adagio, march, gigue, minuet and waltz for piano solo, 25 concertos for one piano, one for 2, and one for 3 pianos, also 2 rondos for piano and orchestra, very recently published by Breitkopf & Hartel in their com- plete edition of Mozart. The graceful, sweet, affectionate expression of these compositions, their irresistible charm, perfect workmanship, and wonderful union of deep science and spon- taneous invention, render them quite unique. The Abbe" JOSEPH GELINEK (1757-1825) was one of the most prolific composers for the piano- forte. He wrote 2 no books of variations, 8 potpourris, and 10 rondos. Among the varia- tions, Nos. 21, 29, 33, 36, and 67 (see Andrews catalogue), were in their time the most popular, and are even now not undeserving of recog- nition. IGNAZ PLEYEL (1757-1831), a pupil of Haydn's, composed 2 concertos, 6 sonatas (op. 15) and 12 sonatinas, 5 sets of variations, 5 rondos, 48 short easy pieces, and 57 lessons (studies). Of these the sonatinas are still highly esteemed, and their light, cheerful, and agreeable character is very pleasing to young students. EMANUEL ALOYS FOBSTEB (1757- 1823) composed 18 sonatas, 6 sonatinas, and 5 books of variations. It is mentioned in Kochel's thematic catalogue of Mozart's works (p. 530), that the well-known ten variations on an alle- gretto from Sarti's opera, ' I finti eredi,' are by Forster, and not by Mozart. Louis ADAM (1758-1848) is best known by his ' Methode de Pianoforte du Conservatoire,' but has also writ-

1 Five of these, Nos. IS, 14, 23, 40, 45, have been taken from other works.

2 AndnS of Offenbach ha* published a thematic catalogue of Gelinek's variations, Nos. 1100.

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��ten a sonata (op. 31), polonaises, and rondos, an introduction and variations, and several smaller pieces, all to be found in his ' Me'thode.'

GlACOMO GOFFKEDO FERRARI (1759-1842) has

left 3 sonatinas (op. 30), and 15 longer sonatas (op. 14 and op. 31), 3 solos, a concerto in C (op. 6), and 12 smaller pieces. Luioi CHERU- BINI (1760-1842) wrote 6 sonatas and I fan- tasia. The great importance and fame which Cherubini obtained by his operas and sacred compositions would not have been procured by these sonatas. JOHANN LUDWIG DUSSEK (1761- 1812) wrote, according to Breitkopf & Hartel's and Whistling's catalogue, 32 sonatas, 12 con- certos, and a great number of airs with vari- ations, fugues, lessons, etc. Of the sonatas, Nos. 21, 27, 29, and 31 of Breitkopf's new edition have obtained the greatest popularity ; and among the smaller pieces, Queen Hortense'g favourite romance, ' Partant pour la Syrie,' 'La Consolation,' 'Les Adieux,' all with vari- ations, are still very popular. [See for detailed catalogue, under DUSSEK, vol. i. p. 477.] JOHANN CHRISTIAN LoDWiGABEiLLE(i76i-i832) became in his time well known by his Sonata and 9 Variations in the style of Mozart ; less known were his 4 sonatas composed in 1789. We have of his also a concerto in Bb and a concerto for 4 hands. ADALBERT GYROWETZ (1763-1850), once well known and liked in London, composed

3 concertos, and sonatas op. 62 and 63 ; which, like all his compositions, are pleasing and melodious. DANIEL STEIBELT (1764-1823) wrote no less than 8 1 sonatas and sonatinas, 117 rondos, 7 concertos, of which No. 3 contains the well-known ' Storm ' rondo, while No. 6 is called 'Voyage au mont Saint Bernard,' and No. 7 is the so-called ' Concert militaire ' with the accompaniment of two orches- tras. Steibelt was fond of descriptive pieces, and we find among his fantasias one describing ' the battle of Neerwinde' (1793), the 'destruction of Moscow' (1812), a journey from Paris to Peters- burg, and last, not least, ' Les Adieux de Bayard a sa Dame.' The only pianoforte pieces by Steibelt at present played are the really pretty rondeau ' Le Berger et son troupeau,' the ' Storm,' and his 50 studies. FBANZ SERAFHINUS LAUSKA (1764-1828), to whom Weber dedicated his se- cond sonata, in Ab, left 18 sonatas of which op.

4 and op. 20 are the best 4 books of variations, different rondos and polonaises. FRIEDRICH HEINRIOH HIMMEL (1765-1814) more cele- brated by his ' Fanchon ' ( 1 809), his now national songs ' An Alexis ' and ' Es kann ja nicht immer BO bleiben,' than by his pianoforte compositions, wrote only 5 pieces, among which the 1 2 variations on the air ' Ich klage Dir* were once exceedingly popular. ANTON EBEBL (1766-1807), a fluent and easy writer, composed 2 concertos, one for 2 pianos, 6 sonatas, and 3 sets of variations. It must be mentioned that the well-known varia- tions attributed to W. A. Mozart, ' Zu Steffan sprach im Traume,' and those on Dittersdorf s Andante, ' Freundin sanfter Herzenstriebe,' are in reality by Eberl, and are not among the three books just mentioned. IGNAZ ANTON FBANZ

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