Monday, April 13, 2015

Symphony No.1 in C-major by Muzio Clementi




      Here's The Philharmonia conducted by Francesco d'Avalos in Clementi's Symphony No. 1 in C Major. Though Clementi is known for his piano works, I am really enjoying his symphony.

Clementi lived from 1752 until 1832, so he was around when Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven were transoforming classical music. But right along with them, Clementi spent 50 years of his life as a performer, composer, publisher, teacher, arranger, and instrument maker. He is known as "the father of the pianoforte" because of his persistence on showcasing this new instrument at the time.

In this symphony you can already sense the stretching of the Classical style towards the Romantic style. There are stark contrasts, a variety in dynamics, all within rich harmonies and beautiful melodies.

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