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Muzio Clementi

Muzio Clementi

Italian-born english composer, pianist, pedagogue, conductor, music publisher, editor, and piano manufacturer

Encouraged to study music by his father, he was sponsored as a young composer by Sir Peter Beckford who took him to England to advance his studies. Later, he toured Europe numerous times from his long-standing base in London. It was on one of these occasions, in 1781, that he engaged in a piano competition with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Influenced by Domenico Scarlatti's harpsichord school and Haydn's classical school and by the stile Galante of Johann Christian Bach and Ignazio Cirri, Clementi developed a fluent and technical legato style, which he passed on to a generation of pianists, including John Field, Johann Baptist Cramer, Ignaz Moscheles, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Friedrich Kalkbrenner, Johann Nepomuk Hummel and Carl Czerny. He was a notable influence on Ludwig van Beethoven and Frédéric Chopin.

Clementi also produced and promoted his own brand of pianos and was a notable music publisher. Because of this activity, many compositions by Clementi's contemporaries and earlier artists have stayed in the repertoire. Though the reputation of Clementi was exceeded only by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Rossini in his day, his popularity languished for much of the 19th and 20th centuries.


January 24, 1752
Muzio Clementi was born in Rome.


Further Resources


6 Sonatinas Op.36 Piano


Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli plays Muzio Clementi Sonata in B flat Op. 12 No. 1


February 28, 2011

Gradus Ad Parnassum; The Art of Playing the Piano, Muzio Clementi | 9780344913808 | Boeken |


Introduction to the Art of playing on the pianoforte. Containing the elements of music, preliminary notions on fingering with examples, and fifty fingered lessons in the major and minor key ...


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