Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837) is wrongly remembered, first and foremost, as Mozart's pupil. In his day, he was one of the most respected pianists and was also a composer with quite some influence on later generations. It is not known when exactly he composed his viola sonata. It was self-published in 1798 in Vienna together with two violin sonatas. Numerous reprints, including ones in France and England, testify to the extraordinary popularity of the sonata, both then and today.
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