Personalities | Muzio Clementi | Classical Era | Classical

(Moodz’-yo Kla-man’-te) 1752–1832
Italian pianist and composer

Born in Rome, at the age of around 15 Clementi went to England and spent seven years in Dorset becoming an accomplished keyboard player. Most of his career was spent in London, where he was involved in piano manufacture and publishing, playing and composing. He undertook extended concert tours on the continent, competed with Mozart and published works by Beethoven. He wrote some symphonies but is chiefly admired for his many piano sonatas, fluently written, sometimes technically very demanding and often highly expressive. He was the leader of a group of London composers eager to establish a new style of piano writing.

Recommended Recording:
Piano Sonatas op. 13/6, op. 24/2, op. 25/5, op. 37/1, Jos van Immerseel (Accent)

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