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One of the most eminent pianists of his time – who even engaged in a contest with Mozart and did not lose – Muzio Clementi created fundamental pedagogical works for piano and altogether 63 sonatas for piano solo. Didone abbandonata dates from his last compositional opus for solo piano sonatas written in 1821. The topic of Dido; who was abandoned by Aeneas and expressed her grief through mourning; despair and; ultimately; raving madness; was extremely popular and subjected to countless arrangements since the 17th century in operas; single “scena” and many instrumental works. The performance instructions for the sonata are as numerous as they are uncommon; and symbolize Dido's hyper-expressiveness.
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