Few composers have had a more bizarre start in life than Muzio Clementi. Few, too, could exceed his bad luck in having Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven for contemporaries. As a pianist, however (the forerunner of Chopin and Liszt, and renowned to this day as ‘the father of modern pianism’), he was unrivalled. Nor did he confine himself to playing. He was a powerful publisher and piano manufacturer, and a teacher of unparalleled industry and influence. Rich, parsimonious, and beloved of the aristocracy, he was buried in Westminster Abbey. Audio samples are contained in the text: just tap to listen while you read.
About the Author
Jeremy Siepmann is an internationally acclaimed writer, musician, teacher and broadcaster. He has contributed articles, reviews and interviews to numerous journals and reference works (including The New Statesman, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine). His previous books include a widely acclaimed biography of Chopin, two volumes on the history and literature of the piano, and biographies of Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven.