Carl Czerny National Airs

The Austrian Carl Czerny (1791-1857), a pupil of Beethoven, was a composer, pianist and teacher. He arranged a number of settings of national airs and folksongs using melodies from the following European countries: England, Germany, France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Spain and Norway. He re-worked these airs into compositional forms such as rondinos, promenade overtures, fantasias, variations and studies. This body of work demonstrates his compositional style together with his interest in the music of other nations.

London is highlighted on the map as the centre for publication for this source. A total of 23 copies of printed sheet music for Czerny's national airs are extant at the British Library Music Collections. This collection of sources provides a comprehensive survey of Czerny's contribution to the concept of nationalism in music.