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HOFFMEISTER, Franz Anton (1754 –1812)


  • Biliana Tzinlikova, piano

Franz Anton Hoffmeister occupied an important place in Viennese musical and cultural life. He was much respected as a publisher – his firm published works by Mozart and Haydn, and he was friendly with Beethoven – but also as a composer. He wrote at least eight operas, a substantial number of symphonies, and a large amount of music for the flute, a popular instrument amongst the wealthy amateurs of the time. He also wrote expressively and rewardingly for the piano, which had a similarly wide audience.


3 Keyboard Sonatas (Politz Collection, 1795): No. 1 in C Major () (00:19:53 )
I. Allegro (00:11:19)
II. Minuetto poco allegretto - Trio - Da capo il minuetto (00:06:23)
III. Rondo: Allegro (00:02:12)
3 Keyboard Sonatas (Politz Collection, 1795): No. 2 in D Major () (00:16:56 )
I. Allegro (00:08:23)
II. Poco adagio (00:04:54)
III. Vivace (00:03:40)
3 Keyboard Sonatas (Politz Collection, 1795): No. 3 in A Major () (00:09:49 )
I. Andante con espressione (00:04:09)
II. Rondo: Allegro (00:05:42)
2 Keyboard Sonatas (Politz Collection, 1793): No. 1 in F Major () (00:15:51 )
I. Moderato (00:07:41)
II. Adagio (00:03:58)
III. Allegretto (00:04:13)
2 Keyboard Sonatas (Politz Collection, 1793): No. 2 in B-Flat Major () (00:17:01 )
I. Allegro (00:06:55)
II. Adagio (00:05:46)
III. Allegro (00:04:25)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:19:40

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.


“I am confirmed in my appreciation both for Hoffmeister’s writing and for Tzinlikova’s playing. The sonatas are engaging, witty, and include moments of emotional intensity, though neither their craftsmanship nor their profundity quite equals that of Haydn or Mozart. And Tzinlikova plays the sonatas with a flawless technique and obvious joy.” – Fanfare


“…Tzinlikova’s playing is impeccably skillful and utterly charming…” – Fanfare