Mozart and the Keyboard Culture of His Time


Muzio Clementi
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Muzio Clementi (1752-1832) was a distinguished composer, pianist, teacher, music publisher, and piano manufacturer. His Introduction to the Art of Playing on the Pianoforte is intended for beginners, starting with the names of notes and followed by explanations of scales with fingerings for them. It includes a repertoire of easy pieces written by contemporaries, including Haydn and Mozart. Clementi’s remark that notes should be held their full length is in direct contradiction to the advice of C. P. E. Bach and Türk, and demonstrates a key stylistic difference between the heavier, more sustaining English pianos and the lighter and more detached Central European instruments.

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Muzio Clementi, Introduction to the Art of Playing on the Pianoforte. London: Printed by Clementi, Banger, Hyde, Collard & Davis [180-].
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