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Featured Composer for February

Muzio Clementi

clementiMuzio Clementi was born in Rome, Italy early in the Classical era.   He showed a lot of musical talent as a boy and became the organist at his church at the age of 9.  He started composing when he was 12.  When he caught the attention of an English traveler, his father was persuaded to take him to England to study the harpsichord.  He spent seven years there. 

Even though the harpsichord was the instrument Clementi played when he was young, the invention of the piano, shortly before he was born, made it his primary instrument later in his life.  He once took part  in a famous piano competition against Mozart, with whom Clementi was very impressed. 

He wrote over 100 piano sonatas and many sonatinas (little sonatas) that are pieces almost every piano student learns.  He is also well-known for his collection of studies called Gradus ad Parnassum (steps to Parnassus – the highest mountain range in central Greece).  He also wrote a book, which was used by Beethoven, on playing the pianoforte.

He was known as an influential teacher, established a firm to publish music and manufacture pianos, and was a prosperous businessman.  He even successfully negotiated with Beethoven to be the publisher of Beethoven’s music.  His studies and performance helped the transition from harpsichord to piano.



Music by Clementi

Allegro from Sonatina Op. 36 No. 1


Andante from Sonatina Op. 36 No. 1

Rondo from Sonatina Op. 36 No. 2


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