Clementi not only dedicated himself to the piano as a virtuoso and composer but also as a teacher, music publisher and instrument maker – so it is no wonder that he was referred to as the “Father of the Piano Forte” at the time. Alongside basic educational works he also wrote a great many instructive sonatas and sonatinas that form the basis of piano tuition even today. The Sonata in G major – from his opus 37 that was published in 1798 – is a must for all budding pianists. This is reason enough for us to publish this work of medium level of difficulty in a reasonably priced single edition. It was previously only available in a collected edition (HN 330).
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Muzio Clementi (1752–1832) is believed to have composed his three Sonatas op. 37 in 1798, shortly before their publication. By this time, he had already ended his successful career as a piano virtuoso. He was living in London as a sought-after piano teacher, and made public appearances as a conductor and composer of symphonic works. Later he devoted himself chiefly to his … 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.|
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If you are looking for a refreshing change from a Haydn or Mozart sonata for a late-intermediate level student, this would be a solid substitute.