Hofmann, Heinrich (Karl Johann)

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Hofmann, Heinrich (Karl Johann)

Hofmann, Heinrich (Karl Johann), German composer; b. Berlin, Jan. 13, 1842; d. Gross-Tabarz, July 16, 1902. He studied at Kullak’s Neue Akademie der Tonkunst in Berlin, where his mentors were Kullak, Grell, Dehn, and Wüerst. He was active as a pianist and teacher until the enormous success of his comic opera Cartouche (Berlin, July 22, 1869) decided his course as a composer. Several of his orch., chamber, and choral pieces were also popular for a time


dramatic Opera: Cartouche, comic opera (Berlin, July 22, 1869); Armin (Dresden, Oct. 14, 1877); Ännchen von Thar au (Hamburg, Nov. 6, 1878); Wilhelm von Oranien (Hamburg, Feb. 5, 1882); Donna Diana (Berlin, Nov. 15, 1886). orchUngarische Suite (1873); Frithjof-Symphonie (1874); Cello Concerto (1880); Konzertstück for Flute and Orch. (1888). chamber Piano Trio (1874); String Sextet (1875); Piano Quartet (1880); Violin Sonata (1883); Octet for 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon (1883); many keyboard pieces. vocal Numerous works for Soloists, Chorus, and Orch. and over 100 songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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