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Clementi, Muzio
The Correspondence of Muzio Clementi
[Opera Omnia - Vol. XIV]
Critical Edition

Editor: David Rowland

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Author: Muzio Clementi (1752-1832)
Editor: David Rowland
Publication Date: 4-1-2010
Series: Muzio Clementi Opera Omnia
Pages: pp. 692
Size: 170x240 mm
Binding: Hardback (Cloth Hard Cover with Jacket)
ISBN: 978-88-8109-469-1
Code: CCE 1


The critical edition of The Correspondence of Muzio Clementi includes some 20 previously-unknown letters by Clementi himself, in addition to about 30 more that were written to him, his family or associates, or by those other individuals. Furthermore, many letters only previously referred to or partially quoted are published here in full, along with previously unknown passages found in new sources such as the notebook used by both Clementi and his grandson Herbert Clementi-Smith, now in the possession of John Collard.
Clementi’s correspondence opens a window on a number of aspects of his own life, the lives of other contemporary musicians, and the international music business of the time.
One of the benefits of publishing all of the known letters to and from Clementi, his family and his business associates is that much more is revealed than has hitherto been known about the nature of Clementi’s company, and more generally the nature of the music business in early nineteenth-century Europe.
The letters clearly show the extent of Clementi’s contacts with European publishers and instrument sellers, including Artaria, Breitkopf & Härtel, Erard, Naderman, Nägeli, Pleyel, Ricordi and Streicher. One of the most striking features of the correspondence is the evidence that it provides for the esteem in which Clementi was held among musicians all over Europe, as well as the use that he made of his reputation. His relations with Haydn, Dussek and Beethoven are well-known, but other figures emerge in this correspondence who have not been so closely associated with Clementi in the past, such as Bomtempo, Himmel and Righini, as well as very minor figures about whom very little is known, such as Nezot.
In summary, the correspondence reveals an intelligent and cultured British citizen, a good friend, an energetic musician who was at the heart of the development of London’s musical institutions, and an extremely astute and well-connected businessman.

Series Details

Muzio Clementi Opera Omnia
Critical Edition - General Editor: Roberto Illiano
Scientific Committee: Andrea Coen, Roberto De Caro, Roberto Illiano (Pres.), Leon B. Plantinga, David Rowland, Luca Lévi Sala, Massimiliano Sala, Valeria Tarsetti

The critical edition of the complete works of Muzio Clementi (Rome, 1752 - Evesham, 1832) consists of 15 volumes (38 tomes): the first two contain vocal and orchestral music respectively, five volumes are devoted to the chamber music, two volumes to the keyboard works, and two volumes to the didactic works. Another three volumes contain: 1) the doubtful works, the arrangements and transcriptions of Clementi; 2) the correspondence; 3) a thematic catalogue of his works together with documents relating to his life, the iconography and an updated bibliography. Each volume includes an analytical historical introduction, a critical edition of the music and a critical commentary (comprising a list, description and criticism of the sources, an account of the interpretational problems and a list of variants).

Preface and Critical Commentary in Italian and English


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