History Of The Piano

Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.

1752, CF Cramer
1756, Mozart

1752, Clementi

Photographic reproduction of the Muzio Clementi portrait, painted by Sopus Williams.
Muzio Clementi – Photographic reproduction of a painting by Sopus Williams. 1

Muzio Clementi (1752–1832): Italian born English Composer, Keyboard Player, Teacher, Music Publisher, Piano Manufacturer – Classical Period

  • Popularized the pianoforte.
  • His two works Introduction to the Art of Playing on the Piano Forte, Op. 42 and Op.43 (1801) and Gradus ad Parnassum (1817) “became staples in the education of pianists at all levels.” [ 2 ]
  • Teacher of Cramer and John Field, who influenced Chopin.

Page Sources

TommyG.  "Photographic Reproduction Portrait of  Muzio Clementi painted by Sopus Williams."  Photograph.  Original in the Bergen Public Library, Norway.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 8 Sept. 2014.  Web.  21 Sept. 2015.  Public Domain.
Plantinga, Leon.  "Clementi, Muzio [Clementi, Mutius Philippus Vincentius Franciscus Zaverius]."  Oxford Music Online.  Oxford University Press, 2007 – 2015.  Web.  15 Sept. 2015.
Additional References:
  • "Introduction to the Art of Playing the Pianoforte, Op. 42."  Musopen.  Musopen, n.d.  Web.  15 Sept. 2015. 
  • Eskenazi, Jeremy.  "Muzio Clementi (1752-1832): Life and Work."  Clementi Society.  Jeremy Eskenazi, 2008.  Web.  15 Sept. 2015.
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