Muzio Clementi’s legacy to pianists is recognised as highly significant for his introduction of a new virtuosity and exploration of the possibilities of the then recently invented fortepiano.
His three Sonatas, Op. 23 were published in London in 1790, their style reflecting Haydn’s tremendous popularity in the city at that time.
The later Sonata, Op. 34 offers more dramatic contrast, sparkling with chains of thirds, hand-crossing and much use of octaves, comparable resources also being explored in the Fantasia con variazioni on the familiar song ‘Au clair de la lune’.
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Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 23, No. 1 1. I. Allegro molto 2. II. Rondo: Vivace
Keyboard Sonata in F Major, Op. 23, No. 2 3. I. Allegro con spirito 4. II. Adagio 5. III. Rondo: Allegretto con spirito
Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 23, No. 3 6. I. Allegro con vivacità 7. II. Arietta con variazioni: Allegretto vivace
Keyboard Sonata in C Major, Op. 34, No. 1 8. I. Allegro con spirito 9. II. Un poco andante quasi allegretto 10. III. Finale: Allegro
11. Fantaisie with Variations on Au clair de la lune, Op. 48