Friedrich Eugene Thurner was on 9 December 1785 in Montbeliard, the first son born flutist Anton Thurner it. Than 4 years, Thurner, both parents died and he was educated by his uncle in Kassel on. There, his musical talent was recognized and he learned to play the piano and took lessons in thorough bass. Even with 8 years Thurner appeared in public with the piano. He got lessons from that time on the flute, and with about 12 years ago he moved to the oboe. At age 16 he was sent to school to Munich to become a student of the oboist Friedrich Ramm be. He had studied composition with Franz Danzi, and it soon became Thurner two symphonies and a ballet. It was followed by numerous compositions for oboe. Thurner 1804 went to Vienna, and associated with Beethoven. It was followed by a post at the chapel of the merchant Bernhard in Offenbach, then as a first Oboist in the ducal chapel in Brunswick. With the establishment of the Napoleonic kingdom of Westphalia in 1807 under King Jerome came to this court orchestra in Kassel. Here Thurner composed numerous works for piano, oboe, but also other instruments. Close friends, including the violinist Ernst Friedrich Fesca, the two horn players and Gottfried Michael Schunke and flutist Karl Keller. After the collapse of the kingdom in 1813 Thurner traveled through Europe as a virtuoso. This ended in Vienna, Thurner has fallen ill and probably have unhappy with depression. Relatives took care of him, and in 1817 after apparent recovery from Thurner traveled from Vienna. About Prague and Leipzig Thurner came to Frankfurt / Main and his friend Louis Spohr gave him a position at the Frankfurt Opera. In February 1818, however, came a relapse of his illness. The alleged healing Thurner was advised to travel further. He chose Amsterdam, but soon after arriving in 1819, broke out again from his illness again. He came into the "house of the insane" in Amsterdam. Here it is reported that a full recovery was not expected though, but more often experienced months Thurner in their right mind, he continued composing and social interaction. On 21 Thurner died March 1827 in Amsterdam.
This Sonata in E flat major for horn and piano op.29 in 1818 appeared at the Leipzig publisher Peters. Why this composition in this pressure Charles Fesca was dedicated in Vienna can not be fully understood, perhaps he was one of the friends who helped him during his Vienna hospital time. The result is this sonata in 1812 and was on 18 October 1812 in Kassel, in a concert by Friedrich Ernst Fesca listed. The work was composed for the horn player Michael Schunke (1778 - 1821), who worked alongside his brother Gottfried as a horn player deeper in Kassel. In the said performance playing the virtuosic piano part and Thurner Michael Schunke the horn. The Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung reported it in February 1813:
Sonata for Fortep. and French horn, comp. v. Mr. Thurner, and performed by the same and Mr. Schunk <sic> dj Hr. T. also showed off a quick, ready-piano-player than what he knew the bigger publicum yet. The sonata itself is pretty good, worked out with much art and diligence, but more for the connoisseur, as for the big pile. Beyde parts are quite difficult, but brilliant.
Interesting is the large extent of use of the deep location and mainly confronted "lazy sounds" very low tones outside the Naturtonscala (the work was still composed for valve-less natural horn), which can be achieved through skillful lowering of tone.