Muzio Clementi was only just 16 years old when he wrote this sonata – and already a talented pianist. He had studied many of the great works written by his famous predecessors. This charming early work by Mozart’s contemporary shows the influence of many of these role models, in particular of Domenico Scarlatti. And yet it is not very demanding. Our affordable single edition of this delightful sonata is very suited for teaching purposes.
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Muzio Clementi (1752–1832) wrote his Sonata in G major (WO 14) at the age of sixteen, by which time he was already an accomplished pianist. This youthful work clearly reveals the influence of several models, notably Domenico Scarlatti. It is not as demanding as most of his later sonatas, some of which even drew Mozart’s disapproval for their strings of thirds, sixths, and … more
About the composer
A composer, pianist, keyboard-instrument manufacturer, and music publisher from Italy. His volumes of piano music, foremost among them the exercises from Gradus ad Parnassum, op. 44, continue to occupy a prominent position in piano pedagogy. As a manufacturer of keyboard instruments he contributed to the further development of the pianoforte. His efforts as a publisher included helping to establish the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach throughout the world, and fostered the rediscovery of other Baroque composers. He mainly composed works for keyboard instruments, as well as orchestral and chamber music.
|1752||Born in Rome on January 23. First musical instruction from Antonio Boroni and others.|
|from 1766||He is appointed organist at the church of San Lorenzo in Damaso for eight months. Thereafter he enters the musical service of the aristocrat Peter Beckford at his manorial home at Steepleton Iwerne in southern England.|
|from 1775||through active concertgiving in London he establishes himself as a piano virtuoso.|
|from 1780||A longer concert tour leads him, among other places, to Paris and Vienna, where he is introduced at court.|
|1781||On December 24, he enters a virtuoso competition against Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart initiated by Emperor Joseph II.|
|from 1785||He is principal composer for the Hanover Square Grand Professional Concerts in London.|
|from 1802||An eight-year business trip as publisher and keyboard manufacturer takes him through Europe. During this time his pupils, including John Field, present his keyboard instruments.|
|1813–24||He is director of the Royal Philharmonic Society in London.|
|1814||On December 7 he becomes a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.|
|1832||Dies in Evesham (Worcestershire) on March 10.|