Six Sonatinas, Op. 36: Schirmer Library of Classics Volume 811 Piano Solo by Muzio Clementi
6 Piano Sonatinas, Op.36 (Clementi, Muzio)
Six Progressive Sonatinas, Op. Muzio Clernenti was born in Rome in , the son of a silver smith. By the age of thirteen he had become proficient enough as a musician to be employed as organist at the Church of S. Lorenzo in Damaso and to attract the attention of an English visitor, Peter Beckford, a cousin of William Beckford, author of Vathek and builder of the remarkable Gothic folly of Fonthill. Peter Beckford, as he himself claimed, bought Clementi from his father for a period of seven years, during which the boy lived at Beckford's estate in Darset, perfecting his ability as a keyboard player and, presumably, his general education. In Clernenti moved to London, where he began to take part in professional concert life as a composer and performer, playing his own sonatas, some of which were published at this time, and directing performances at the Italian opera.
A sonatina is literally a small sonata. As a musical term, sonatina has no single strict definition; it is rather a title applied by the composer to a piece that is in basic sonata form , but is shorter and lighter in character, or technically more elementary, than a typical sonata. The title "Sonatina" was used occasionally by J. Bach for short orchestral introductions to large vocal works, as in his cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit , BWV , a practice with precedent in the work of the earlier German composer Nicolaus Bruhns. As with many musical terms, sonatina is used inconsistently.
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