Muzio Clementi

1752 – 1832
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Muzio Clementi was a contemporary of Mozart, but was lucky enough to live much longer.  He was born in Rome and spent most of his career in London.  Besides being a prolific composer & popular performer, he was a teacher, publisher and instrument maker.

Apparently when he was in Vienna in 1781 the emperor decided to stage a piano duel, as it were, between Clementi & Mozart.  They both did so well the contest was declared a draw.

There’s a little story behind the choice of tunes so far included here.

Six Sonatinas – Op. 4

Six Sonatinas – Op. 36

Three Sonatas – Op. 37