Hofmann, Heinrich Karl Johann


A dramatic composer; born in Berlin; was a pupil of Dehn and Wuerst at Kullak's Academy. When nine years old he was a chorister. He began his serious study at fifteen, with Kullak. He gave public recitals upon the piano; taught for several years, and then gave his time entirely to composition. His first work which brought him recognition was a comic opera, Cartouche; this was followed by his Hungarian suite for orchestra, which made his success as a composer assured. His works are many, and show a feeling for the beautiful, a decided dramatic gift and a blending of charm and romance, which made them most popular for a time, but they lack originality. Among them are piano duets; choral works; a cantata for alto solo; chorus and orchestra; part songs; a serenade for strings and flute; a sextet; violin sonata; and his operas, Cartouche, the Matador, Armin, Aennchen von Tharau, Wilhelm von Orianein and Donna Diana.