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