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Muzio Clementi. Studies and Prospects

Editors: Roberto Illiano, Luca Lévi Sala, Massimiliano Sala

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Contents: Introduction by Leon Plantinga. Essays by Eva Badura-Skoda, Federico Celestini, Galliano Ciliberti, Barry Cooper, Donatella Degiampietro, Mariateresa Dellaborra, Dorothy de Val, William Drabkin, Giacomo Fornari, Bernard Harrison, Alberto Iesuè, Roberto Illiano, Sergio Martinotti, Simon McVeigh, Barbara Mingazzini, Peter Niedermüller, Fiona M. Palmer, Leon Plantinga, Rudolf Rasch, David Rowland, Luca Sala, Massimiliano Sala, Andrzej Sitarz, Marco Tiella, Claudia Vincis

Editor: Roberto Illiano, Luca Lévi Sala, Massimiliano Sala
Publication Date: 3-1-2002
Series: Muzio Clementi Opera Omnia
Pages: pp. 512
Size: 170x240 mm
Binding: Paperback (Soft Cover)
ISBN: 978-88-8109-448-6
Code: MC 61

Description

The present volume aims to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Muzio Clementi (Rome, 1752 - Evesham, 1832) by collecting the most recent research of the leading international experts on the life and work of the Italo-English composer.
Wishing to give this miscellaneous volume the structure of a heterogeneous, yet unified, journey through Clementi’s world, the editors have decided to group the separate contributions into thematic sections, to help guide the reader within the wide spectrum of the material collected. The first four sections — ‘Italy’, ‘England’, ‘Austria and Switzerland’, ‘France’ — offer a wide outlook on Clementi’s movements in the main European centres. Among other things they comprise studies on his Roman training, his collaboration in the creation of the Philharmonic Society, the famous competition with Mozart, the phenomenon of ‘Hausmusik’ in late 18th-century London, the performance of his works at the ‘Concert Spirituel’ and his reception in the Parisian academic environment in the early 19th century.
The two following sections, ‘The Music’ and ‘The Piano’, are devoted to his musical output. The former focuses mainly devoted on the orchestral and chamber works, which still today have received inadequate attention and diffusion. The latter, on the other hand, collects a series of essays on the piano music of one who is considered the founder of a school of international stature and whose works are a cornerstone of piano studies even today.
The section ‘The Entrepreneur’ tackles a peculiar aspect of Clementi’s life: his career as a publisher and piano maker. In a very short space of time he acquired fame as a man of business throughout Europe, at the same time playing an active role in the building of his company’s pianos. This section also includes an organological study of his square pianos.
The volume closes with the section called ‘Lectures’, in which Johann Baptist Schaul and Giacomo Gotifredo Ferrari have collected unpublished information on Clementi. The last subject to be dealt with is the emigration of music and musicians in the 18th century, a phenomenon that led many composers to perform and work at a variety of courts, theatres and concert halls throughout Europe. Though principally involving a number of significant Italian composers, including Cherubini, Cimarosa, Locatelli, Paisiello, Piccinni, Salieri, Viotti and Clementi, it also concerned composers of other European nationalities, among whom Janiewicz, who collaborated with Clementi and whose personal history was in many respects similar to his own.

Series Details

Muzio Clementi Opera Omnia
Urtext Edition
Scientific Committee: Andrea Coen, Roberto Illiano, Costantino Mastroprimiano, Luca Lévi Sala, Massimiliano Sala

The present edition of Muzio Clementi Opera Omnia aims at presenting the complete corpus of works composed by one of the most historically eminent European composers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Clementi’s Opera Omnia is divided into 60 volumes – comprising treatises, chamber, vocal and keyboard music –, 10 of which are dedicated to works with no opus number, one to the method for piano, op. 42 (which will also include the appendix to the method, op. 43), and another to the concerto for piano and orchestra (orchestrated by J. Schenk, 1796). Besides two volumes which contain Clementi’s Sinfonias op. 18, another 6 volumes are dedicated to partially incomplete orchestral works.
The series includes also the volume of essays Muzio Clementi. Studies and Prospects.

Introductory Texts in Italian and English

www.muzioclementi.com

Reviews

Rivista Italiana di Musicologia, XXXIX/1 (2004)
Con grande interesse ci avviciniamo ... alle quasi 500 pagine di studi del volume curato da Roberto Illiano, Luca Sala e Massimiliano Sala (Muzio Clementi. Studies and Prospects ... volume che si colloca inoltre nell'ambito della altrettanto auspicabile nuova edizione critica degli Opera Omnia di Clementi a cura delle Edizioni Ut Orpheus), e alle altre 230 pagine di atti del convegno organizzato dallo stesso Comitato scientifico degli Opera Omnia di Clementi e dall'Istituto Storico Austriaco in Roma, in collaborazione con la Sezione di Storia della Musica dell'Istituto Storico Germanico a Roma e il Da Ponte-Institut für Librettologie, Don Jouan-Forschung und Sammlungsgeschichte di Vienna - con una connotazione quindi volta esplicitamente a valorizzare gli aspetti sovranazionali dell'attività di Clementi (Muzio Clementi cosmopolita della musica ...). I due volumi in esame, aperti entrambi (quasi doverosamente) da interventi dell'autore della monografia oggi ancora di riferimento, Leon Plantinga, contengono complessivamente una quarantina di saggi, spesso in dialogo tra loro (anche per la presenza di alcuni autori in entrambi i testi). Una mole di lavoro imponente ... Va sottolineato subito come dietro e a fianco di questi curatissimi volumi si collochi il lavoro di edizione critica dell'opera completa clementiana (di cui si ha testimonianza - come work in progress - in diversi contributi) nonché la proposta di revisione del catalogo tematico di Tyson ... tutto questo a dimostrazione di una volontà (e forse necessità, ormai) di revisione profonda e radicale dell'immagine di Clementi sia negli studi sia nel momento esecutivo, tenendo in costante collegamento i due piani della ricerca. ... Il fatto che gli strumenti della musicologia siano oggi molto più affinati di un tempo su tutti questi argomenti e che non esista (quasi) più un pregiudizio che riservi le 'grandi' ricerche solo ai 'grandi' personaggi, rende perfettamente realizzabile il progetto, che mi sembra oramai chiarito nelle direzioni intraprese dalla Ut Orpheus, con la pubblicazione degli Opera Omnia, ma anche con l'iniziativa dei Quademi Clementiani. Un programma vertiginoso e un augurio di studio per tutti coloro che si occupano di questo settore ... (Maria Grazia Sità)

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