Welcome to the first Wednesday Music post of 2017! Today’s piece is a piano sonata in B-Flat major, Op. 24, No. 2 by the composer Muzio Clementi. Here’s a bit about the piece (and the composer, since he isn’t that well-known today).
- Clementi was born in Italy but moved to England and lived there for most of his life, aside from some trips overseas. In his day, he was a very famous composer, but after he died he was forgotten for a while.
- He wrote many compositions for piano and influenced many pianists, including Beethoven.
- The beginning of this piece sounds a bit like the overture to Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. Considering it was written prior to Mozart’s opera, it seems likely Mozart borrowed it for his purposes later on after hearing it.
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