Six Progressive Sonatinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 36 by Muzio Clementi

In 1797, Muzio Clementi published an album that would soon become highly popular with aspiring players of the piano, in his own time and for the next 200 years: Six Progressive Sonatinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 36. Clementi’s own publishing house repeatedly reprinted these pieces over the next two decades.

During this period, the piano underwent tremendous development by competing manufacturers with its range extended from 5 octaves to 5 1/2 and then beyond. In response to the changes in the instrument, Clementi substantially revised these sonatinas c. 1815, introducing notes in the new half-octave, adding pedaling, and even rewriting passages completely. Regrettably, Clementi’s revisions are rarely found in publications today.

This interactive SuperScore edition includes urtext versions of both the original and revised versions, MIDI performances by George F. Litterst and Arthur Houle, extensive historical commentary, performance recommendations, and a facsimile of the original publication.

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Six Progressive Sonatinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 36

  • Composed for solo piano by Muzio Clementi
  • Interactive urtext edition including
  • Original edition with performances by George Litterst
  • Revised edition with performances by Arthur Houle
  • Facsimile of the first publication
  • Historical information and scholarly commentary
  • Performance recommendations