Monday, June 6, 2011

Muzio Clementi's life and music

Muzio Clementi

The classical period in music was during 1750-1820.  The famous composers that played during this time are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Josef Haydn, and Muzio Clementi.  The classical period composers were the first to write for the piano and are best known for piano music.

Muzio Clementi was born on January 24, 1752 in Rome.  He was an Italian composer and pianist, and was the first to write specifically for piano.  He played in the church when he was nine years old and was invited to study piano when he was fourteen years old.  Some people even considered him to be the best pianist in his time.  Clementi also created a great relationship with Mozart.  He was asked to a duel with Mozart by the emperor and the emperor considered it a tie.  After that, Mozart took a melody from Clementi's piece and used it in his song, The Magic Flute.

Clementi is best known for his piano sonatas, sonatinas, and some etudes. A sonata is music made for instruments. A sonata usually has three or four movements.  Clementi composed more than one hundred piano sonatas.  His sonatas have hard and long passages.  Some of the easier sonatas were later called sonatinas.  A sonatina is a small sonata.  Clementi is an important person in the history of music. 

I will now play the first movement of Sonatina 3 Op 36 No. 3 by Clementi.




Did you like the song?
Did you hear any hard and long passages?

17 comments:

  1. Dear Miriam,

    Thank you for this beautiful magical musical post I truly loved hearing you playing the piano. I also enjoyed reading your history lesson about these wonderful composers.

    You played with such grace and style that I could sit and listen to you play all day long. So from that you can gather that I loved your piece of music you played!
    I did hear some very hard and long passages but only because I don't play the piano. I did notice the constration on your face which shows me this is a piece of music where you have to listen and make sure it is played in time.

    Anyway I feel you did an outstanding job Miriam take a bow!

    From your blogging pal,
    AA.

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  2. Miriam,

    Jaden just came home and showed me your beautiful piano playing. What a great post! I loved hearing you make such beautiful mustic.

    Sincerely,
    Marcie (Jaden's mom)

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  3. Dear Miriam,

    Wow! That was simply beautiful. You are a very talented musician, and an excellent blogger. I like how you gave some background information about the classical period in general and Muzio Clementi in particular. But of course, your wonderful playing was the real highlight!

    I enjoy classical music very much when I am reading or doing school work. So far, I haven't gotten too into the classical period, but prefer baroque music, especially the late baroque period from about 1680 to 1740. I think The Brandenburg Concertos by Bach are just amazing.

    Thanks for such a beautiful post!

    From,
    Mr. Salsich

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  4. Dear Miriam,
    You are very talented. The piece you played just made me forget about everything and just let me relax. The soothing sounds cleared my mind. One day you will be featured in museums as one of the greatest musicians to ever live. And when you do... could I have your autograph?
    i♥love♥you
    Luba

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  5. @AA,

    Thank you for your complimentary comment.

    I did have to concentrate a lot. Every note had to be on time.

    Did you ever learn to play the piano?

    From,
    ♥Miriam♥

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  6. Dear Marcie,

    Thank you for your comment. That is so nice of Jaden to tell you about my post.

    From,
    ♥Miriam♥

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  7. Dear Miriam,

    You are a pro at the piano! I am amazed at how quickly you played! Your fingers flew off the keys and landed on the next ones. You went very fast, but you still played like an expert! You definitely have something to be proud of, Miriam. I think Muzio Clemeti is a great piano player, and if you keep up the good work, you can become as good as him.

    What is your favorite piano song?

    From,
    Ryan

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  8. Dear Miriam,

    That was amazing! I've never seen anyone play so gracefully. I think you have a special talent.



    Sincerely,
    Sofi (Nick's sister)

    P.S I love your blog so much!

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  9. ♪♬♫Miriam♪♬♫June 11, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    @Mr. Salsich,

    Thank you for your complimentary comment! My next piano post will be about Bach. My sister and I will both play a couple of his pieces.

    Please stop by again!

    From,
    ♪♬♫Miriam♪♬♫

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  10. ♪♬♫Miriam♪♬♫June 11, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    @Luba,

    Thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. I love getting comments from you. Maybe one day I can play the piano and you can sing. You are a great singer!

    From,
    ♪♬♫Miriam♪♬♫

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  11. ♪♬♫Miriam♪♬♫June 11, 2011 at 7:21 PM

    @Ryan,

    Thank you for your comment! My favorite piano song is Fur Elise by Beethoven. I am still learning it, but when I learn it I will make a about Beethoven and play the song.

    From,
    ♪♬♫Miriam♪♬♫

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  12. ♪♬♫Miriam♪♬♫June 11, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    @ Sofi,
    Thank you for leaving me a comment! I hope you will visit again.

    From,
    ♪♬♫Miriam♪♬♫

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  13. Hi Miriam! I loved your piano playing! You are so good now! I can't believe it! Did you know that the expression on your face when you play piano is the exact same expression your mama makes when she plays the piano? It's so funny! I love you so much.

    Elana

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  14. Dear Miriam,
    Thank you for playing such beautiful music, it's always reminds me your mom playing when she was your age.
    Her favorite piano song was Fur Elise by Beethoven.
    I like how you gave some background information about the classical period and the composer.
    I love your post and hope to see more interesting posts in the future.
    Love you,
    Your Grandma Tanya

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  15. Dear Miriam,

    I just heard you playing this beautiful music and it was amazing!!!
    It is been only a few years since you started playing the piano but your hard work, determination, perseverance and talent turned you into a real star. I’m so proud of you.
    Best,
    Great-aunt Olga

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  16. @ Miriam,

    thank you for replying back to me.

    Now to answer your question no I never did learn to play the piano.
    But the greatest thing now is that BB does and I just love to sit with her and watch her play and listen.

    I really love music especially classical music.

    From your blogging pal,
    AA.

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  17. Hi Miriam,

    You are so great at playing the piano. I'm really impressed! Thank you for sharing such a nice piece with us.

    I also enjoy reading about Muzio Clement.

    Yours,
    Sophia

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