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A Second Chance for Hummel

mon 2 may 2016

On Tuesday 3rd May 2016 19.00 – 20.00 the 17th episode of the discovery trip by Thijs Bonger.
On his journey through the life and work of Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837) programme maker Thijs Bonger meets a lot of composers who Hummel knew.

¬† In 1815 he writes a series of 24 preludes in all major and minor keys. For the first time Hummel uses the prelude as an independent composition. This work has inspired so many composers¬† to the writing of equivalent series that is mystifying that this groundbreaking composition has never been recorded on cd . Fortunately there is a live recording, plucked from YouTube. You can hear a lot of very special preludes by later composers who were enormously inspired by Hummel’s format. Chopin, Ljadov, Skriabin, Rachmaninov, Debussy and Shostakovich.