Johann Nepomuk Hummel was born in Pressburg (now Bratislava) in 1778 into a musical family. An infant prodigy, he was taught by Mozart. Hummel played a significant part in the transformation of musical style during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
“You can put in all the difficulties, jumps, runs, and any other devilish complexities you like, except octave spans and similar features which do not suit the formation of hands.” – Johann Nepomuk Hummel
“I have furthermore composed a fantasia for piano for two hands which is also to appear in print and is dedicated to a certain wealthy person.” – Johann Nepomuk Hummel