2 Apr 2006

Muzio Clementi (1752-1832)

From Composer of the Week, 9:00 am on 2 April 2006
Muzio Clementi

Muzio Clementi Photo: muzioclementi.com


If you ever learned to play the piano, it's likely you've played some of Muzio Clementi's fifty sonatas, composed specifically as teaching aids.  The piano was a newly developed instrument in Clementi's day, and he was active in securing its' popularity.  Clementi spent eight years on a European tour, as a 'musician in business', selling pianos and collecting manuscripts (especially Beethoven's).  He performed in the courts of Europe and was known as a rival of Mozart's.