J.B.Cramer :: Etudes (5, 6, 7, 11) played from Beethoven's copy
Jean-Baptiste Cramer was born in Mannheim in 1771 the town that had listened to Mozart eight years before, and who would do so again in 1778.
Here is the index of the video:
And then back to Cramer!
In case you would ever be in a position to buy the "Musik-Lexicon" written by Hugo Riemann, I would not hesitate. I have the fourth edition of 1894, but there are others as well. Certainly you'll find this on internet (wait: I'll have a look for you)...
... do we realise often enough in what kind of time we live... it took me 25 seconds to provide you with two links... 25 seconds. And in two languages:
German: 5th edition: http://burrito.whatbox.ca:15263/imgln...
It is the first time I see historical books about music on IMSLP. What would we do without that site? 15 years ago, a book like that which is now in front of me, would have a unique value of information. Today it is...everywhere. Too much maybe to go really in depth, but that is a matter of discipline. And partly paper: the information remains longer and better if you read it from paper, at least that's how my eyes work.
Anyway, Riemann is clear about our Cramer:
"One of the most important keyboard players and keyboard teacher of all times".
He was the son of Wilhelm Cramer, an important violin player, who moved to London in 1772, so Johann Baptiste will not have heard Mozart playing in 1778. That would have been otherwise most probably the case, since his father was, until 1772 playing in the Manheimer kapelle.
Wikipedia writes that Cramer is an English composer of German origin (huh... what...?), but truth is that he was formed mostly by Clementi, in London, and that, besides his tours and longer stay in Paris (1832-1845), he remained most of his life in London.
By the way: Wilhelm Cramer, and those kind of details you read in a book like that of Riemann, studied with Cannabich in Mannheim.
And where do we know that name from...? Exactly, from the sonata Mozart wrote for the daughter of that man. That is the sonata KV 309 he wrote for Rosa... I imagine that girl as rather beautiful, since this sonata is long... and Mozart probably have practised that extensively, since he lived in the house of this great maestro during his stay in Mannheim in 1778. That mister Cannabich had an important voice in the "development" of music towards what we call today the Viennese classical time.
So Mozart had its part of influence, and so did our JB Cramer, undoubtedly through his father.
Ha, and who was that other "example" of a famous keyboard player that got lessons from his father, a very well known violin player...? Mozart?
The world is small today, but back than it was nor greater nor smaller. International contacts were slower, but very strong.
I'll play more etudes of Cramer. It's great music and, as I said in the first Afterthoughts on the first recording, I agree with Riemann when he writes that in fact only the etudes are really great music (although I have not played all of Cramer's music).
In the meantime, you will notice that Bach Inventions are coming soon, in 5 videos of each 3 inventions.
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