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HOFFMEISTER, Franz Anton (1754–1812)


  • Biliana Tzinlikova, piano

Franz Anton Hoffmeister is associated with composers such as Haydn and Mozart through his involvement in Viennese music publishing. His Piano Sonatas are models of 18th-century craftsmanship, combining the wit and display demanded of contemporary audiences with elements of operatic drama and poignancy. The Variations explore the dramatic possibilities of the keyboard, reflecting the Vienna of early Beethoven.


Keyboard Sonata in A Major (1790) () (00:10:00 )
I. Allegro (00:09:10)
II. Adagio (00:04:50)
III. Presto (00:03:30)
Keyboard Sonata in G Major (1792) () (00:20:26 )
I. Allegro (00:11:09)
II. Poco Adagio (00:04:27)
III. Rondo (00:04:50)
Keyboard Sonata in B-Flat Major (1792) () (00:19:13 )
I. Allegro con Spirito (00:08:21)
II. Adagio (00:06:33)
III. Presto (00:04:19)
Variations for Keyboard in C Major () (00:11:47)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:08:56

The Artist

Biliana Tzinlikova was born in Sofia in 1974. After piano studies at the Sofia State Music Academy (Marina Kapazinskaja) she moved to the Salzburg Mozarteum to work with Andor Losonczy and Christoph Lieske, completing her studies with distinction in 2001. She has appeared as a soloist and chamber-music player in important festivals and events in Europe and the United States. From 2003 to 2005 she was a member of the Munich Philharmonic trio and in 2004 made her début at the Vienna Konzerthaus, continuing to collaborate with leading musicians. She is interested in the work of living composers and in piano rarities from the past and has taught at the Mozarteum since 2001.

The Composer

Born in Rothenburg am Neckar, Franz Anton Hoffmeister went to Vienna to study law, leaving in 1778 to serve as Kapellmeister to a nobleman in Hungary. By 1784 he was back in Vienna, where he set up a music publishing business, establishing a close association with Mozart. In 1795 he signed much of his business over to Artaria. In 1800 he started another publishing enterprise with the Leipzig organist Ambrosius Kühnel, a business which later was taken over by C.F. Peters. Hoffmeister left Leipzig and returned to Vienna in 1805. He published works by many of his contemporaries.

Vocal and Instrumental Music

Hoffmeister contributed to many genres of music. For the theatre he wrote operettas, Singspiel and operas, as well as other sacred and secular vocal music. For the orchestra he composed 44 symphonies, 13 of which are lost and 15 published. He was particularly prolific in chamber music, with a quantity of string quartets and flute quartets among many other works, including trios, duo sonatas, and violin or flute sonatas, all very much in the accepted style of his time.


“The program is played with sensitivity, spirit and sparkle” – Expedition Audio

“Pleasant, ingratiating pieces…performed with zest and enthusiasm…” – American Record Guide

“Biliana Tzinlikova is an expressive, capable pianist who plays Hoffmeister’s works with conviction and stylistic understanding…” – Fanfare

“Biliana Tzinlikova’s admirable performances and well-honed technique, especially in the decidedly more tricky Variations…” – MusicWeb International