Unrecorded works of the piano prodigy



In this solo piano album, pianist Seray Kalelioğlu gives life to previously unrecorded works of the piano prodigy and composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Student of the great composer Mozart and a friend and rival of Beethoven, Hummel was a well-known composer in the late Classical period.  

The album Existence consists of Hummel’s short pieces and it chronicles the story of young Hummel becoming a pianist. A highly regarded pedagogue on pianism, in these works Hummel abstracts musical forms with great flair.  

The work pays homage to Hummel in assembling the following titles that have been recorded for the very first time: Alla Polacca, Allegretto and Gigue, An Alexis, Andantino, Assembly Waltz, Marcia and Six Easy Pieces (Op.42).  

Executive producer: Eren Kalelioğlu
Recording producer: Pieter Snapper
Recording, editing, mixing, mastering: Pieter Snapper
Recording assistant: Kıvılcım Konca
Piano technician: Yavuz Berber
Painting: Fadime Baltacıoğlu
Graphic designer: Seray Kalelioğlu
Marketing consultant: Eren Yağmuroğlu
Piano: Fazioli F 228
Recording: Babajim Studios, 2018
Published date: 30.10.2019  


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Seray Kalelioğlu and Pieter Snapper

Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837)  

Austrian composer and virtuoso pianist Johann Nepomuk Hummel was born into a musician family. At the age of eight, he was offered music lessons by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who taught and housed him for two years in his home. There, Hummel had a chance to witness Mozart at his work, embarking on Mozart’s musical style and meeting other famous musicians. Following financial troubles in the Mozart family, Hummel left the Mozart house and went on a tour in Europe with his father. He acquired great fame during this tour which lasted for five years.  

Hummel was a contemporary of the famous composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. Being the most famous fellow composers of their time, their relationship was marked by ups and downs, their friendship and rivalry making history in music books. Their rivalry was further marked with jealousy as a result of Hummel’s marrying Beethoven’s former beloved, opera singer Elisabeth Röckel. Regardless of these circumstances, they kept feelings of mutual respect throughout their friendship. This is proven by the fact that Hummel visited Beethoven many times in his sick bed and has taken care to fulfil his wishes. From a musical point of view, Hummel did not compose any symphonies, unlike Beethoven and Mozart who are famous for their symphonies, composing mainly for the solo piano, In his later life he took upon teaching, rarely giving recitals.  

Meanwhile he also assumed the role of orchestra conductor to Esterhazy, in which position he was the successor to the famous composer Joseph Haydn. Upon his return to Vienna Elisabeth Röckel’s moral support Hummel launched concert tours with great success and continued to compose.   Following his death, his works eventually ceased to be performed within the climate of the romantic period in western art music. However, there are strong historical indications that Hummel has had a significant influence on major composers such as Liszt, Chopin and Schumann. Hummel’s trumpet concerto was eventually rediscovered by a Yale student in 1958 after 150 years of inertia due to the obsolescence of its instrument, the key trumpet. Today not only his trumpet concerto but also his piano pieces, trios and string quartets are being regularly performed.       



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