Today, the german composer Johann Wilhelm Mangold is one of the less common names. Back in his time, he was a well established member of the musical landscape.
Native to the city Darmstadt, Mangold was born into a family of rich musicial
tradition in 1796.
He joined the Hofkapelle as a violinist and raised, like his father Georg, to the
rank of Hofkapellmeister. Brother Carl Ludwig Amadeus, also known as Carl Armand, gained certain fame as a composer as well.
Aside from some operas, festive- and incidental musics, Mangold composed lots of chamber music, some of wich feature the horn as a solistic instrument.
These horn parts, even with valve horns in existance, and no particular mentioning within the scores, are obviously written for natural horn.
This kind of music, probably ment to be performed in musical salons, provides us with interesting and valuable insides of the early 19th century music and the usage of the horn.
Mangold’s compositions lie in style beetween Schubert and Weber. Some references to Meyerbeer can also be recognised. His music can be described as melodic, with conventional, though interesting harmonics.
Bass line and musical structures are worked out very well.
Edition Maulwurf starts with the following two compositios by J.W. Mangold:
–Serenada for 4 horns and bassoon (1845)
–9 pieces for horn and pianoforte (~ 1854)
Printed versions can be bought at Blechbläsersortiment Köbl.
Audio samples and more music, also by Carl Armand, will be following soon.