Johann Georg Heinrich Backofen

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Johann Georg Heinrich Backofen

Johann Georg Heinrich Backofen (6 July 1768 in Durlach – 10 July 1830? in Darmstadt) was a German clarinetist, composer and painter.

In his time Backofen enjoyed great fame; he was not only known as a composer for, and virtuoso of the clarinet but also played the harp, flute and basset horn.

His year of death is not known with certainty; a year of 1839 is found in some documents.

Selected works[edit]

  • Deux valses et deux allemandes à deux et quatre mains pour le piano (2 Waltzes and 2 Allemandes for Piano 2- and 4-Hands), Op. 1 (published 1834)
  • Concerto in B major for clarinet and orchestra, Op. 3 (Bonn, 1809?)
  • 13 Variazioni sull' aria "Ey mein lieber Augustin" for harp, Op. 4 (Hamburg, 1801)
  • Concertante for harp, basset horn and cello ad libitum, Op. 7 (Leipzig, 1800?)
  • Concertante for harp, viola and cello ad libitum, Op. 8
  • Quintet in F major for basset horn and string quartet, Op. 9
  • Sinfonia concertante in A major for 2 clarinets and orchestra, Op. 10 (Leipzig, 1810?)
  • 3 Duos concertants for 2 clarinets, Op. 13 (Leipzig, 1803)
  • Quintet for clarinet and string quartet, Op. 15 (Leipzig, 1805?)
  • Concerto in E major for clarinet and orchestra, Op. 16 (Leipzig, 1809?)
  • Concerto in E major for clarinet and orchestra, Op. 24 (Leipzig, 1821?)
  • Grand Duo for 2 flutes, Op. 37
  • Concerto in F major for basset horn and orchestra
  • Concerto in F major for horn and orchestra (Leipzig, c.1823)
  • 3 Duets for 2 clarinets (C major, G major, F major)
  • 3 Menuette for harp
  • Sonata in F major for violin (or flute) and harp
  • Sonata for harp (and violin ad libitum) (Leipzig, 1795)
  • Sonata facile for violin (or flute) and harp (or piano)
  • Thema mit Variationen (Theme and Variations) for harp
  • 16 Variations sur l'air "Ah! vous dirai je maman" for harp
  • Variations for bassett horn and orchestra
Pedigogical
  • Harfenschule mit Bemerkungen über den Bau der Harfe und deren neuere Verbesserungen (Harp School) (Leipzig, 1801)
  • Anweisung zur Klarinette (Neue teoretisch-prachtische Klarinett Schule) nebst einer kurzen Abhandlung über das Bassett-Horn (Leipzig, 1803)

Recordings[edit]

Backofen: Clarinet Concertos

External links[edit]