Thanks very much for listening and for your intelligent observations about Clementi.
I enjoyed your performance of the Clementi Sonata. I am also glad to see his music, beyond the sonatinas, being presented here. I've been working on a couple of his sonatas (Op. 12 no. 3 and Op. 34 no. 2) that I hope to get recorded soon.
Thanks! Nice that a you're working on a couple of the sonatas too. I don't know those particular ones. Actually, that reminds me that I wanted to ask you what edition you use for the Clementi sonatas. I have a Dover version, but that only has about 10 of the sonatas. Is there a comprehensive edition of Clementi with all the sonatas? It's seeming difficult to find.
Upon first hearing your Op. 25, I was startled by certain similarities in the first movement with Scarlatti.
Yes, definitely, particularly IMO the chromatic pianissimo passages. Although in some ways, I have to say that the third movement is perhaps my favorite of the three because it seems the most unmistakably Clementi.
Beethoven admired Clementi's music over that of Mozart or Haydn.
Interesting, I knew that Beethoven liked it though not that he liked it more than Mozart or Haydn. But it makes sense stylistically (the new, more orchestral sonata). The mighty Beethoven probably could have looked at Mozart or Haydn as prissy, salon-style composers
I'm not sure that Clementi was as "un-" nice as he has sometimes been portrayed.
This jibes with my understanding of it too. I know that after the duel, for example, Clementi had only the sincerest praise for Mozart's playing. Interesting about that theme from the Magic Flute. I definitely want to learn that sonata
I guess I heard that later Clementi composed some piano transcriptions on the Magic Flute, so he may have gotten over his bitterness about that to some extent as his life progressed.
Thanks again, Scott.