While the cultivation of music at Mainz during the first half of the 18th century had advanced somewhat and could be compared with other courts such as Mannheim, Mainz was still considered a long way behind Vienna. The reason for this move may have lain simply in an appointment worth 400 guilders, including residence at the chancellery and the title of valet. With Hoffer’s arrival at Mainz the long-standing predominance of trumpeters at the court was broken and he succeeded in establishing acceptance of a small orchestra. Hoffer’s compositions are distinguished by a personal style. Other famous composers, such as Ernst Gottlieb Baron prided themselves on his friendship, and so Silvius Leopold Weiss may well have known his compositions. For those who enjoy lending to ear to nachzulauschen "the indifferent beauty," this recording is to be recommended.