Muzio Clementi

Muzio Clementi was born in Rome, Italy, 1752.

At nine he was chosen as an organist in competition with older players. Until he went to England in 1766, he studied under Carpani for composition and under Sartarelli for voice. After four years of quiet study in Dorsetshire, Clementi made a sensation as a pianist in London. He spent most of his life in London, where he amassed a fortune as a teacher, pianist, and composer. Among his pupils who afterwards became famous were Moscheles, Kalkbrenner, and Meyerbeer. Clementi perfected the type of the sonata form, an dhis book of etudes, the “Gradus and Parnassum” (1817), is a standard.

He died near Evesham, England, March 10, 1832