Muzio Clementi (1752-1832)

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01Prodigy for Sale20191014

Muzio Clementi was one of the 18th and 19th century’s most revered musicians – a star performer, a composer admired by Czerny, Beethoven and Chopin and an astute musical businessman. However, he also had his detractors in his own time and history hasn’t been as kind to him as to the greater names of his time – Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Today his name is unfamiliar to most but it is certainly better known than the music he wrote. He was fortunate to have interactions with perhaps the world's three greatest composers, but this fortune may have also worked against him - putting him in direct competition with them. Over this week of programmes, Donald Macleod explores Clementi’s contact with the greatest composers of his day, reassessing the life and music of the man known as the “father of the piano” in the light of these encounters.

In Monday’s programme, Donald examines the musicians who impacted on Clementi in his formative years and explores the remarkable circumstances which brought the child prodigy Clementi to live in his adopted land of England.

Symphony No 3 (finale)
Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg
Ivor Bolton, conductor

Musical Characteristics, Op 19
Pietro Spada, piano

Piano Sonata in A flat Major, WoO 13
Dominic Cheli, piano

Sonata for piano, Op 2 No 4
Howard Shelley, piano

Duetto in C Major, Op 3 No 3 (Presto)
Pietro Spada, piano
Giorgio Cozzolino, piano

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

Exploring the circumstances which brought Muzio Clementi to England.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

02Clementi and Mozart20191015

Muzio Clementi was one of the 18th and 19th Century’s most revered musicians – a star performer, a composer admired by Czerny, Beethoven and Chopin and an astute musical businessman. However, he also had his detractors in his own time and history hasn’t been as kind to him as to the greater names of his time – Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Today his name is unfamiliar to most but it is certainly better known than the music he wrote. He was fortunate to have interactions with perhaps the world's three greatest composers, but this fortune may have also worked against him - putting him in direct competition with them. Over this week of programmes, Donald Macleod explores Clementi’s contact with the greatest composers of his day, reassessing the life and music of the man known as the “father of the piano” in the light of these encounters.

In Tuesday’s programme, Donald explores the relationship between Clementi and Mozart, the famed contest put on by Emperor Joseph II between the two musicians and the later use of each other’s music. Donald also explores a failed romance which in the aftermath of the contest threatened to derail Clementi's musical career.

Mozart (arr. Clementi): Symphony no. 40 in G minor, K 550 (Finale)
Gisella Curtolo, violin
Lucio Labella Danzi, cello
Davide Cabassi, piano
Luigi Lupo, flute

Sonata in G minor, Op 7 No 3
Peter Katin (fortepiano)

Toccata in B flat Major, Op 11 No 2
Howard Shelley, piano

Sonata in B flat major, Op 24 No 2
Piotr Kepinski, piano

Variations on Mozart’s Batti, batti, o bel Masetto from Don Giovanni, WoO 10
Maria Tipo, piano

Sonata in E flat major, Op. 8 No 2 (II. Larghetto con espressione)
Howard Shelley, piano

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores the relationship between Muzio Clementi and Mozart.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

03Clementi and Haydn20191016

Muzio Clementi was one of the 18th and 19th century’s most revered musicians – a star performer, a composer admired by Czerny, Beethoven and Chopin and an astute musical businessman. However, he also had his detractors in his own time and history hasn’t been as kind to him as to the greater names of his time – Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Today his name is unfamiliar to most but it is certainly better known than the music he wrote. He was fortunate to have interactions with perhaps the world's three greatest composers, but this fortune may have also worked against him - putting him in direct competition with them. Over this week of programmes, Donald Macleod explores Clementi’s contact with the composers of his day, reassessing the life and music of the man known as the “father of the piano” in the light of these encounters.

Clementi likely first met Haydn on the same trip as his famed contest with Mozart. In Wednesday’s programme, Donald explores the periods when Clementi shared the London stage with the German composer, the mutual respect between the two, and Clementi's subsequent turn towards orchestral music.

Symphony in B flat major, Op 18 No 1 (I. Allegro Assai)
London Mozart Players
Matthias Bamert, conductor

Sonata in G minor, Op 9 No 2
Pietro Spada, piano

Overture in D Major
Symphony Orchestra of Rome
Francesco La Vecchia, conductor

Symphony No 4
Philharmonia Orchestra
Francesco d’Avalos, conductor

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores Muzio Clementi\u2019s life and music during Haydn\u2019s visits to London.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

04Clementi and Beethoven20191017

Muzio Clementi was one of the 18th and 19th century’s most revered musicians – a star performer, a composer admired by Czerny, Beethoven and Chopin and an astute musical businessman. However, he also had his detractors in his own time and history hasn’t been as kind to him as to the greater names of his time – Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Today his name is unfamiliar to most but it is certainly better known than the music he wrote. He was fortunate to have interactions with perhaps the world's three greatest composers, but this fortune may have also worked against him - putting him in direct competition with them. Over this week of programmes, Donald Macleod explores Clementi’s contact with the greatest composers of his day, reassessing the life and music of the man known as the “father of the piano” in the light of these encounters.

In Thursday’s programme, Donald explores the interactions between Clementi and Beethoven in the light of Clementi's move into the world of music publishing and piano manufacture.

Capriccio in F major, Op 34 No 2
Constantino Mastroprimiano (on Clementi piano)

Monferinas selection
John Khouri (on Clementi Piano)

Sonata, Op 34 No 2
Aldo Ciccolini, piano

Concerto for piano and orchestra (II. Adagio e cantibile)
Bruno Canino, piano
Symphony Orchestra of Rome
Francesco La Vecchia, conductor

Piano Sonata in F minor, Op 13 No 6 (III. Presto)
Ilia Kim, piano

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

Donald Macleod explores the interactions between Muzio Clementi and Beethoven.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.

05Clementi and John Field20191018

Muzio Clementi was one of the 18th and 19th century’s most revered musicians – a star performer, a composer admired by Czerny, Beethoven and Chopin and an astute musical businessman. However, he also had his detractors in his own time and history hasn’t been as kind to him as to the greater names of his time – Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Today his name is unfamiliar to most but it is certainly better known than the music he wrote. He was fortunate to have interactions with perhaps the world's three greatest composers, but this fortune may have also worked against him - putting him in direct competition with them. Over this week of programmes, Donald Macleod explores Clementi’s contact with the greatest composers of his day, reassessing the life and music of the man known as the “father of the piano” in the light of these encounters.

In Friday’s programme, Donald explores Clementi's role as teacher and master to the pianist and composer John Field, the pair's travels together, and how a lost hat contributed to the deterioration of their friendship.

Adagio sostenuto in F major (Gradus ad Parnassum, Book I, No 14)
Vladimir Horowitz, piano

Sonata in B minor, Op 40 No 2 (II. Largo)
Dejan Lazic, piano

Symphony No 2 in D major ( Finale)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Francesco D’Avalos, conductor

Symohony No 1 in C major (III. Minuet and Trio)
Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg
Ivor Bolton, conductor

Piano Sonata in G minor, Op 50 No 3 “Didone abbandonata”
Byron Schenkman, piano

Produced by Sam Phillips for BBC Wales

Exploring Muzio Clementi's role as teacher to pianist and composer John Field.

Donald Macleod offers a weekly guide to composers and their music.