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Muzio Clementi was born four years before Mozart and outlived Beethoven by five. Thus this Italian pianist and composer helped fashion the entire Classical era in music. However; his pedagogical tour de force; the “Gradus ad parnassum”; has tended to negatively influence the esteem he enjoyed as an artist; something that our first volume of Clementi's piano sonatas should help rectify. This selection of ten moderately difficult to difficult works allows a glimpse into Clementi's sonata workshop between 1768 and 1785. His predilection for the finer pointsof part-writing and contrapuntal art blend here with a formal and dignified classicism. Our carefully revised Urtext edition is basedon the first versions of the pieces; published in the 1770s and 1780s.
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