Clementi, Muzio. Sonatas for Harpsichord or Piano Opp. 7-10


edited by Luca Lévi Sala and Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald, Bologna, Ut Orpheus Edizioni, 2018 (Italian National Edition of Muzio Clementi’s Complete Works, VIII.2).



Muzio Clementi’s Sonatas Opp. 7, 8, 9 and 10 belong to the ‘Viennese’ compositions, originating from the composer’s first continental tour, taking in Paris (1780), Vienna (December 1781 – May 1782) and Lyons (1782). The Sonatas Op. 7 were first advertised in the Nachtrag zur Wiener Zeitung no. 77 by Artaria of Vienna on 25 September 1782, whereas Op. 8 was first announced on the Journal de Paris on 14 December 1782, published by Castaud of Lyons.

While Op. 9 was incorrectly advertised as Op. «viii» by Artaria in the Anhang zur Wiener Zeitung no. 42, on 24 May 1783, the first edition of Op. 10 was produced by Christoph Torricella and advertised in the Anhang zur Wiener Zeitung no. 54 on 5 July 1783. The sources selected for the present edition are revised versions, representing the latest stages in Clementi’s conception of the sonatas: Opp. 7 and 8 (‘for the Author’, early 1790s), Op. 9 (‘Breitkopf and Härtel, 1804) and Op. 10 (‘Longman & Broderip’, early 1790s). The autograph manuscript ‘GB-Lbl Add.MS 29294’ is a major revision of Op. 10 that Clementi left unpublished, probably drafted (between 1802 and 1806?) to be inserted in the Œuvres complettes (Breitkopf and Härtel). This source is published here for the first time and presented in the Appendix.

Luca Lévi Sala PhD is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Manhattan College (NYC) and Visiting Scholar at New York University. He obtained his PhD from Poitiers University, and he was Visiting Teaching Professor at Jagiellonian University in Cracow (2021) and at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (2020-2021), former Professeur associé at Université de Montréal (2017-2020), Visiting Researcher at New York University (2017) and Visiting Research Fellow at Yale University (2015-2016). He has published a range of articles and chapters, reviews and reports (serving as peer-reviewer as well) in various international books and refereed journals, including Early Music, Journal of Musicology, Journal of Musicological Research, Notes, Revue de musicologie, Studi musicali, Journal of Jewish Identities, Rivista Italiana di Musicologia, Ad Parnassum Journal, Musica Jagellonica, Eighteenth-Century Music, Analecta Musicologica, Oxford Bibliographies Online, MGG, Grove Music Online. His book Music Criticism and Politics in the Italian Fascist State in the 1930s is in preparation.

Rohan H. Stewart-MacDonald (1975-2017) studied at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge between 1993 and 2001 and worked as Director of Studies in Music and Director of Music at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, from 2004 until 2009. He published the monograph New Perspectives on the Keyboard Sonatas of Muzio Clementi in 2006 (Quaderni Clementiani, 2). In 2012, with Roberto Illiano, he co-edited and contributed to the multi-author, multi-lingual Jan Ladislav Dussek: A Bohemian Composer «en voyage» through Europe (Quaderni Clementiani, 4), and he has recently edited the book The Early Keyboard Sonata in Italy and Beyond (Brepols, 2016). His research interests had broadened to encompass eighteenth- century Italian symphonism; nineteenth-century British symphonism; concert life in Britain in the early nineteenth century and the early-Romantic virtuoso concerto. |

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