Hofmann Flute Concerto in G Major-Badely G2


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Hofmann Flute Concerto in G Major-Badely G2

Hofmann Flute Concerto in G Major-Badely G2

Flute and piano
Artaria Editions
Hofmann, Leopold
Flute Concerto in G major (Badley G2) [Study Edition] (AE145/SE)

Arranger’s Description

The present work was advertised in Supplement IV (1769) of the Breitkopf Catalogue but was written, in all likelihood, a year or two earlier. Although only two sets of parts survive – one in the Frst Thurn und Taxis Hofbibliothek in Regensburg (Hofmann 16) and the other in the Narodn Muzeum, Prague (XXVII B 51). It’s listing in Breitkopf suggests that the concerto circulated fairly widely during Hofmann’s lifetime.

This edition is based on the Prague MS which agrees in most details with the Regensburg source. The wrapper reads: ” Concerto di flauto / Traverso con Violini / Viola e Basso/ del Sig: Leopoldo Hoffmann “. In the absence of both the autograph score and an authentic set of parts, this edition presents as faithfully as possible the intentions of the composer as transmitted in the Prague source.

As is usual in Hofmann’s concertos, there are no dynamic markings in the solo sections; these are left to the discretion and good taste of the performer. The style and notation of articulation and dynamic markings have been standardised throughout, and, where missing from the source markings have been reconstructed from parallel passages. These are indicated by the use of dotted slurs or brackets.

Allan Badley


Hofmann was an immensely prolific composer of instrumental music, and his collection of solo concertos, amounting to nearly sixty pieces for various instruments, stands out as some of the finest works produced in Vienna during the mid-18th century.

Leopold Hofmann

Leopold Hofmann (1738-1793) was an Austrian composer of classical music. He came from a family of highly educated civil servants and began his musical journey at the age of seven as a chorister in the chapel of Empress Elisabeth Christine, where he likely received guidance from the choral director and teacher František Tůma.

Hofmann later studied under Georg Christoph Wagenseil and Giuseppe Trani (violin) and pursued various studies in violin, harpsichord, and composition.

In 1758, Hofmann secured one of his early appointments as “Musicus” at St. Michael’s. He then became choral director at St. Peter’s Church in 1764 and, in 1766, kapellmeister. By 1769, he was teaching the royal family.

In 1772, Hofmann took on the role of Kapellmeister at the Cathedral of St. Stephan. He had declined the directorship of the Imperial Chapel at that time but applied for it in 1774, without success. (Giuseppe Bonno was appointed director of the Imperial Chapel instead.)

On 9 May 1791, Mozart was appointed assistant-Kapellmeister to Hofmann upon the latter’s request, in an unpaid capacity. Mozart expected to become Kapellmeister after Hofmann’s death, but Hofmann outlived Mozart and retained his post as Cathedral Kapellmeister until he passed away.


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