Hummel, Johann Nepomuk
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- and Mark Kroll
(b Pressburg [now Bratislava], Nov 14, 1778; d Weimar, Oct 17, 1837). Austrian pianist, composer, teacher and conductor. He was considered in his time to be one of Europe’s greatest composers and perhaps its greatest pianist.
Hummel was a prodigy; he is described as having been more advanced at three than most children twice his age. According to Hummel’s father Johannes, a string player and conductor, his son could read music at four, and at five play the violin and piano, and sing with perfect intonation. In ...