Happy Birthday Muzio Clementi

Born on this day, January 23 in 1752 was born the Italian composer, pianist and conductor, Muzio Clementi. He was a composer in the classical era of music.

Muzio Clementi [1752 – 1832]

From Wikipedia: [Besides being a composer, pianist and conductor, Muzio Clementi was a] “music publisher, editor, and piano manufacturer, who was mostly active in England.” “… 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.”

“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.”

“As a composer of classical piano sonatas, Clementi was among the first to create keyboard works expressly for the capabilities of the piano. He has been called “Father of the Piano“.

As this would be Muzio Clementi’s 271st Birthday, please turn up the volume and enjoy some great music from this Italian composer:

Piano Sonata in B Flat Major:

Piano Sonatina in C Major: [My daughter, Ebony, when taking classical Suzuki method piano lessons with her great teacher Mrs. Kurinets, played the first movement of this sonata (by memory) at a young age…I can’t remember now, I’m thinking between ages 8-9]

Piano Sonatina in D Major:

Symphony #1 in C Major:

Monferrina in D minor:

Capriccio in A Major:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUZIO CLEMENTI!

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